Tag: Security Tips

Powell Valley National Bank promotes personal security year round, but we recognize that travelers are extra susceptible to cybersecurity breaches. Since summer is a widely-traveled season, we’ll compile all of our security tips here in one convenient place to help you have a safe and secure summer!

COVID-19 Unemployment Scams and How To Avoid Them

Due to complications arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, over 26 million Americans have recently filed for unemployment benefits (including a record 22 million Americans in the 4 weeks leading up to April 11), and even more are expected to file in the coming weeks. The record-smashing number of filings have slowed down filing websites and… Read more »



COVID-19 Medical Scams and Red Flags to Avoid

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has released an advisory regarding a recent rise in medical scams related to COVID-19. The fraudulent activity centers around fake medical products and services, non-delivery scams, and price gouging of medical items.  Fraudulent Medical Products Examples of fraudulent medical products and services related to COVID-19 may include false claims… Read more »





Message From The FTC Regarding Coronavirus Scams

A Message From The Federal Trade Commission Regarding Coronavirus Scams: “As the Coronavirus takes a growing toll on people’s pocketbooks, there are reports that the government will soon be sending money by check or direct deposit to each of us. The details are still being worked out, but there are a few really important things… Read more »



Cybercriminals Taking Advantage of Coronavirus

The vulnerability and anxiety spreading alongside the Coronavirus (COVID-19) present an opportunity for cybercriminals. Over the last few weeks, there’s been an increase in social engineering and phishing campaigns targeting Americans, and Coronavirus-themed phishing kits have emerged for sale on the Dark Web. Taking advantage of widespread fear, cybercriminals have launched fake websites made to… Read more »



Fake Check Scams on the Rise (Especially Among Young Adults) – Avoid Them With These Tips

The Federal Trade Commission recently released new data about fake check scams. Here’s what we learned: Fake Check Scam Facts Complaints about fake check scams increased 65% since 2015. In 2019, over 27,000 fake check scams were reported resulting in over $28 million in losses. Individual median losses were $1,988. People in their 20’s were… Read more »





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Donate Wisely: Avoid Charity Scams

When supporting a cause you care about, you want to make sure your donation goes as far as possible. Before giving, do some research to ensure your gifts go where they’ll do the most good. Research Online If you aren’t already familiar with a good charity to support, start with some Google searches. Simply search… Read more »



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Top 10 Holiday Scam Tips

The Holiday Season is an optimal time for parties, celebration, and fraud. That’s right, cybercriminals enjoy the holidays as much as we do! However, it’s for a much different reason. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the biggest online shopping days of the year, with 12% more Americans expected to partake in 2019 than did… Read more »