October 8, 2020

We’ll Never Ask That!

Red Flags of Common Phishing Scams

Every day, thousands of people fall victim to fraudulent emails, texts and calls from scammers pretending to be their bank. The Federal Trade Commission’s report on fraud estimates that American consumers lost a staggering $1.9 billion to these phishing schemes and other fraud in 2019—and the ongoing pandemic in 2020 has only increased the threat.

It’s time to put scammers in their place. It starts with these four words: Banks Never Ask That. Because when you know what sounds suspicious, you’ll be less likely to be fooled.

These top three phishing scams are full of red flags:

  • Phone Call: Would your bank ever call you to verify your account number, password, or PIN? No! If you’re ever in doubt that the caller is legitimate, just hang up and call Fortifi Bank directly at 855.876.1500.
  • Email: Watch out for emails that ask you to click a suspicious link or provide personal information. The sender may claim to be someone from Fortifi Bank, and even use our logo, but it’s a scam. Banks never ask that.
  • Text Message: If you receive a text message from someone claiming to be Fortifi Bank asking you to sign in, or offer up your personal information, it’s a scam. Banks never ask that.

At Fortifi Bank, we’re committed to helping you spot scams as an extra layer of protection for your account. We’ve joined with the American Bankers Association and banks across the country in a nationwide effort to fight phishing—one scam at a time.

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For more tips on how to keep phishing criminals at bay, including videos and an interactive quiz, visit www.BanksNeverAskThat.com.

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