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Putnam Bank is dedicated to educating you about fraud by providing important security information. We hope you find this information beneficial, and encourage you to share it with your friends and family.

Here are some tips we thought might be helpful:


  • Am I Hacked? – Clues to help figure out if you have been hacked and, if so, what to do. The sooner you identify something bad has happened, the more likely you can fix the problem. Click here to learn more.


  • FBI Warns of Phone Scam That Uses the FBI's Name to Threaten Arrest – The FBl's Pittsburgh Division is warning the public to be on alert for a phone scam that spoofs, or fakes the FBl's name on the recipient's voice-mail. Scammers have targeted residents around the region, claiming to be the FBI stating they are an “officer" of the FBI , Department of Tax and Crime Investigation. The intended victim is told that this is their final notice and that their physical address is under investigation and an arrest warrant has been issued under their name. The public is reminded that the FBI does not call private citizens threatening arrest or requesting money and to never give out unsolicited requests for personal information to callers that you don't know. Individuals receiving such calls can file a complaint through the FBl's Internet Crime Complaint Center.


    To avoid becoming the victim of a scam:
  1. Always be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls.
  2. Never give money or personal information to someone with whom you don't have ties and did not initiate contact.
  3. Trust your instincts: if an unknown caller makes you uncomfortable or says things that don't sound right, hang up.
  4. For more information about the FBI or to reach a specific FBI Office Click here to learn more.


  • Email Oops, and How to Avoid Them – Four most common mistakes people make with email. Click here to learn more.


  • What is CEO Fraud/BEC? – Cyber attackers continue to evolve an email attack called CEO Fraud, or Business Email Compromise (BEC). Click here to learn more.


  • Smart Home Devices – Soon, almost every device in your house could be connected to the internet. While these connected devices bring a great deal of convenience, they also bring unique dangers. Click here to learn more.


  • Phone Call Attacks & Scams – Lets learn how to spot and stop these attacks. Click here to learn more.


  • Stop That Malware  – Learn what malware is, what danger it poses, and most importantly, what you can do to protect yourself from it. Click here to learn more.


  • What is GDPR?  – You may have heard of a new labor law called GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation. Click here to learn more.
  • 10 Ways to tell if that email is legitimate...or not – Phishing has be come one of the most pervasive problems facing data security staffs today. Click here to learn more.


  • Don't Give Away Historic Details About Yourself – The problem with participating in informal surveys is that in doing so you may be inadvertently giving away the answers to "secret questions" that can be used to unlock access to a host of your online identities and accounts.  Click here to learn more.


  • Homeland Security - National Cyber Awareness System – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are offering consumers a new way to report tax-related identity theft to the IRS online. Click here to learn more.


  • Stop That Phish Email and messaging services (such as Skype, Twitter, or Snapchat) are one of the primary ways we communicate. We not only use these technologies every day for work, but also stay in touch with friends and family. Click here to learn more.


  • Top Tips to Securing Using Social Media Social media sites, such as Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, are amazing resources, allowing you to meet, interact, and share with people around the world. However, with all this power comes risks -- not just for you , but for your family, and employer. Click here to learn more.


  • Important Tax Scam Warning - CT.GOV – alerting consumers about a fraudulent email appearing to come from the DRS about taxes for Amazon and NewEgg purchases. Click here to learn more.


  • Important Tax Fraud Alert from the Department of the Treasury – alerting financial institutions to the proper handling of erroneous federal tax refunds resulting from an emerging fraud scheme that could affect thousands of people across the country. Click here to learn more.