December 2, 2020 - The Federal Trade Commission reports that scammers are targeting college students with variations on fake check scams. Remember, if someone sends you a check and tells you to send a portion of that money back to them by wire transfer or gift card it is likely a scam.
September 29, 2020 - Be leery if you receive a collection call on a debt you already paid, or that you know is not yours. Learn the steps to take to ensure you don't fall for a scam.
September 18, 2020 - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reminds businesses to be leery when asked to send back the refund of an "overpayment" that was made by check. It is likely that check was fraudulent. Check out the FTC's tips to spot this all too common scam.
September 14, 2020 - Benefits for federal student loan borrowers under the the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act have been extended to December 31, 2020.
August 11, 2020 - While Congress is finalizing another stimulus package, the Federal Trade Commission reminds us to be on the lookout for scammers who try to trick us into paying for such things as mortgage relief, job opportunities, or even stimulus checks.
June 30, 2020 - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an alert regarding a new scam in the form of an e-mail claiming to be from the FTC that says you'll get money from a COVID-19 “Global Empowerment Fund” if you respond with your bank account information. But there is no money and there is no fund. A government entity will never contact you by e-mail, phone, text or social media and ask for financial information.
June 5, 2020 - The Federal Trade Commission sent warning letters to six multi-level marketing companies (MLMs) that are telling people their products can treat or prevent COVID-19, or that they’re likely to make significant money if they join the MLM. The FTC says these claims violate truth-in-advertising laws and the MLMs must immediately stop their distributors from making these false claims.
April 17, 2020 - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is warning small businesses to be careful when applying for loans through the Paycheck Protection Program. Businesses interested in the program should get all their information at U.S. Small Business Administration website, at sba.gov/coronavirus.
March 20, 2020 - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has received reports that scammers are using the FDIC name and logo, and even the names of actual employees, to send communications such as emails, phone calls, letters and text messages. The messages might ask you to “confirm” or “update” confidential personal financial information, such as bank account numbers.
March 18, 2020 - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reported that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are reports that the government will soon be sending money by check or direct deposit to each of us. Be advised that the government will NOT ask us to pay upfront or pay fees to receive such funds. You will also not be asked to provide your Social Security number or any personal account information. Finally, these reports are not yet a reality, so don’t believe anyone who says they can get you the money now. The FTC is sharing this as a preventative measure, predicting that scammers will take advantage of this opportunity.
January 3, 2020 - The Department of Banking advises consumers not to abbreviate "2020" when signing and dating legal documents. This alert is based on information provided by the East Millinocket Police Department.
December 5, 2019 - The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) provided helpful tips that adults can use to help teens and younger users stay safe online.
December 5, 2019 - Savings Bank of Danbury, located in Danbury, CT, has reported that counterfeit bank checks using the bank’s name are being presented for payment. Two separate incidences have been reported involving use of a fraudulent check.
September 23, 2019 - New Haven Bank, located in New Haven, CT, has reported that counterfeit bank checks using the bank’s name are being presented for payment.
June 14, 2019 - Bank Customers Should Be Aware that FDIConnect.com Should NOT Be Confused with FDICconnect.gov. The FDIC is aware of the website FDIConnect.com, which advertises itself as a consumer-focused provider of FDIC pass-through insurance for bank deposits. The public should be advised that FDIConnect.com is not affiliated with the FDIC.
May 9, 2019 - Northwest Community Bank, located in Windsor, CT, has reported that counterfeit bank checks using the banks name and routing number are being presented for payment.
April 25, 2019 - The Connecticut State Marshal Commission has received several reports from state marshals who have had their name, phone numbers and addresses used in an apparent money collection scam.
March 20, 2019 - A popular telephone scam involves fraudulent phone calls from people falsely claiming to be from the Social Security Administration and displaying the national Social Security customer service number as the incoming number on the caller ID. The Social Security Administration launched a joint Public Service Announcement campaign addressing this nationwide telephone impersonation scheme at www.youtube.com/socialsecurity.