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Alerts and Fraud Tips

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:


  • 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.

  • Securing Your Mobile Devices Your mobile devices are an amazing and easy way to communicate with friends, shop or bank online, watch movies, play games, and perform a myriad of other activities. Since your devices are such an important part of your life, here are some simple steps to keep you and your devices safe and secure. .Click here to learn more.

  • Creating a Cybersecure Home Several years ago, creating a cybersecure home was simple; most homes consisted of nothing more than a wireless network and several computers. Today, technology has become far more complex and is integrated into every part of our lives, from mobile devices and gaming consoles to your home thermostat and your refrigerator. Here are four simple steps for creating a cybersecure home.Click here to learn more.

  • Lock Down Your Login– The process of authentication, or proving who you are, is key to protecting your information, such as your email, social media, or online banking accounts. You may not realize it, but there are three different ways to prove who you are: what you know, such as a password, what you have, such as your driver's license, and some part of you, such as your fingerprint.Click here to learn more.

  • Shopping Online Securely– The holiday season is nearing for many of us, and soon millions of people around the world will be looking to buy the perfect gifts. Many of us will choose to shop online in search of great deals and to avoid long lines and impatient crowds. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year many cyber criminals create fake shopping websites to scam and steal from others.Click here to learn more.

  • Helping Others Secure Themselves – Many of us feel comfortable with technology, to include how to use it safely and securely. However, other friends or family members may not feel so comfortable. Click here to learn more.