Fraudulent E-mails claim to be from Heritage Oaks Bank Concerning Safety and FDIC Insurance
Heritage Oaks Bank is aware of a fraudulent e-mail bearing the subject line: “A letter from Heritage Oaks Bank concerning bank safety and FDIC insurance”
This e-mail is fraudulent and was not sent by Heritage Oaks Bank.
The fraudulent e-mail suggests the recipient click on the link contained within the e-mail, which presents the Online Banking sign on screen. Upon signing on from this fraudulent page, the recipient is faced with a page that states:
“Your Internet banking account is currently locked. Please enter your personal information below. After you have filled in the necessary data, press the ‘Submit’ button at the bottom of the page.”
Recipients of unsolicited e-mails that create urgency or, in this case, curiosity should not reply to the e-mail, but visit the bank’s website or call their local branch for more information. NEVER click on the link within such e-mails and submit personal information such as credit or debit card numbers, Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) or any other code. If you receive such an e-mail please forward the e-mail as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information about safe online banking and avoiding online scams, visit http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/guard/.