BEWARE if you are asked to send or wire money to someone you do not know!
Commonly, scams start when a fraudster befriends or threatens a person through email, online social websites, or phone calls, and then directs the person (victim) to send funds to another, unknown individual. The victim might either be tricked into sending his or her own money, or might receive funds from an additional unknown person.
We have seen a recent string of scams using iTunes Gift Cards allegedly to receive a prize or send financial help. After the cards have been purchased, the victim is asked to pay by sharing the 16-digit code on the back of the card. According to Apple Support, “…iTunes Gift Cards can be used ONLY to purchase goods and services on the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, or for an Apple Music membership. Do not ever provide the numbers on the back of the card to someone you do not know.”
Scammers are not solely using iTunes Gift Cards. They have also been known to direct victims to use other payment forms, such as Amazon gift cards, PayPal, prepaid, reloadable debit cards e.g. GreenDot cards, or Western Union or MoneyGram wire transfers.
If you have been a victim of a scam, report the case to the Federal Trade Commission by filing a complaint at www.ftc.gov/complaint or calling 1-877-382-4357. You should also notify a bank representative if your bank accounts or online banking credentials were used, or your email account was compromised.
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Valley National Bank is a branch of The Girard National Bank. The Girard National Bank has been family owned and operated for over eighty years, now with branches in fourteen Kansas and Eastern Colorado communities. Most recently, our banking family has expanded into the Kansas communities of Pittsburg, Arma, and Galena! You may conduct your banking at any of our locations listed below.
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