Don't Get Spoofed; Use Caution

Unfortunately, a few of our email addresses have been spoofed this week at Bath State Bank. If the email contains “@BathStateBank.com” – please do NOT open the attachment. This did not originate from the staff at Bath State Bank. Call us at 765-732-3022 to let us know that you received this. Do NOT reply to the email.

In addition, the email may contain a phone number to call the Bank. The listed number within the email is NOT Bath State Bank’s phone number. Please use the above mentioned or refer to the local phone book or your bank statement.
This is not a data breach. All customer accounts are safe at Bath State Bank.

Spoofing is a broad term describing a type of cyber-criminal activity. Email Spoofing is when a hacker (intruder) impersonates someone in order to gain unauthorized access to personal or financial information. In this spoofing scam, someone pretends to be another individual by “copying” their name and email as it looks as if it is originating from a legitimate person or business. Hidden inside the email address is the hacker’s email address. The spoofer’s intention is to receive a “reply” from the receiver or have the receiver open the malicious attachment or link.

Such as with email, — Caller ID Spoofing is when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. This is another way to attempt to trick someone into giving away valuable personal information so it can be used in fraudulent activity. Robocallers use neighbor spoofing, which displays a phone number similar to your own on your caller ID, to increase the likelihood that you will answer the call.

You may have noticed recent email or caller spoofing scams such as “fake invoice attachments,” “fast IRS refund links,” “your $100,000 line of credit” or “the car warranty renewal.” These are all from crooks trying to obtain your personal information. Do not respond to such requests.

Be cautious. Never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother’s maiden names, passwords or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls or correspondence. If you get an inquiry from someone who says they represent a company, call the phone number on your account statement, in the phone book or on the company’s web site to verify the authenticity of the request.

Please make sure that your computer system has the latest version of anti-virus software installed. Please be vigilant and do not disclose any personal and business information via email. If you have any questions, please call our office at 765-732-3022.