Email and Website Fraud One of the most common types of email fraud is the practive of sending a phony email message, which is sometimes referred to as "phishing." Such phony emails are disguised as legitimate, and often include company logos that look real.
But they're actually from criminals who send thousands of emails at a time to random addresses. These criminals are trying to entice you to visit a phony website and provide personal information, such as User IDs and passwords, or Social Security numbers and account numbers. Although the site may look like a bank's or a retailer's, it is not - which is why this practice is known as "spoofing."
MORE TIPS FOR SPOTTING FRAUDULENT EMAILS:
Fraudulent emails are trying to trick you in to providing your personal information. Patriot Bank will never ask you to reply to an email with any personal informations such as your Social Secuirity number, Account number, Debit Card infomation or any other sensitive information.
Urgent appeals claim that your account may be closed if you fail to confirm, verify, or authenticate your personal information immediately. Patriot Bank and most other financial institutions will not ask you to verify information this way.
Requests for security information claim that the bank has lost important security information and needs to update it online. Patriot Bank and most other financial will not ask you to verify information this way.
Typos and other errors are often the mark of fraudeulent emails or websites. Be on the lookout for: typographical or grammatical errors; awkward, stilted, or inappropriate writing; and poor visual or design quality.
PROTECTING YOURSELF AGAINST EMAIL AND WEBSITE FRAUD:
To report a suspicious email that appears to be from Patriot Bank, please bring in to one of Patriot Bank locations and delete the email.