Phishing ( E-Mail Scams)
Internet “Phishing” or e-mail scams: “Phishing” refers to someone appearing to be someone they are not while trying to obtain private
information from you. The criminal will send an e-mail that generally will instruct you that the entity sending the e-mail needs to update
some records and that you should enter the information or login to a site to confirm your information is correct.
The Web site to which you are directed may look exactly like an authentic Web site but is located somewhere other than the legitimate
Web site. A good rule of thumb to follow is to always type in the Web site address you intend to go to when you are logging into a site
that contains your private information or any site that you utilize a login name and password to access.
Main Street Bank will never ask you for any nonpublic personal information by e-mail. Examples of nonpublic private information
include; PIN numbers, account numbers, passwords, social security numbers, etc. Even if the e-mail looks like it has been sent from Main
Street Bank please do not respond with information or click on a link that takes you to a site that then requests nonpublic personal
information from you. Please report any e-mails that reference Main Street Bank that you believe are “phishing” e-mails to Main Street
Bank at 304.232.2001 Ext 123 or send us an e-mail.
To learn more about what you can do to protect yourself from “phishing” scams, please check out these Web sites below,
Federal Trade Commission
Department of Justice
FDIC February 1st Special Alert
You Can Fight Identity Theft (PDF)