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Security Tips to Avoid Online Fraud

Fighting Back Against Identity Theft - Federal Trade Commission
First State Bank has implemented the latest technology to ensure security on our website. By following the tips below, you can help ensure that your online experience stays safe.

  • Never send personal or account information via email.
    First State Bank will never ask you for personal information or account information via an email or email link.
  • Never access our website via an email link.
    First State Bank will never ask you to log on to our site via an email link. To access our site, always type our address (www.fsbrice-tx.com) in your web browser.
  • First State Bank will never call you and ask for your account information, user ID or password.
  • Monitor your account activity frequently.
    By telebanking or by logging on to our secure online banking site, you may check your account information and ensure that there is no unusual activity.
  • Report suspicious emails or unauthorized account activity immediately.
    If you ever suspect that a fraudulent email has been sent to you or if you believe that you have been subject to unauthorized activity on your account, call your local branch immediately.
  • Learn about First State Bank's 2-step login process.
    First State Bank has implemented a 2-step login process to help you ensure that you are visiting our actual website and not a fraudulent imposter. Learn more about the process here.

What is Corporate Account Takeover?

Corporate Account Takeover is an evolving electronic crime typically involving the exploitation of businesses of all sizes, especially those with limited computer safeguards and minimal or no disbursement controls for use with their bank’s online business banking system. These businesses are vulnerable to theft when cyber thieves gain access to its computer system to steal confidential banking information in order to impersonate the business and send unauthorized wire and ACH transactions to accounts controlled by the thieves. Municipalities, school districts, large non-profit organizations, corporate businesses, and any customers that perform electronic transfers are potential targets. Losses from this form of cyber-crime range from the tens of thousands to the millions with the majority of these thefts not fully recovered. These thefts have affected both large and small banks.

This type of cyber-crime is a technologically advanced form of electronic theft. Malicious software, which is available over the Internet, automates many elements of the crime including circumventing one time passwords, authentication tokens, and other forms of multi-factor authentication. Awareness of online threats and education about common account takeover methods are helpful measures to protect against these threats. However, due to the dependence of banks on sound computer and disbursement controls of its customers, there is no single measure to stop these thefts entirely. Multiple controls or a “layered security” approach is required.

BASIC ONLINE SECURITY PRACTICES

  • Education is Key – Train your employees
  • Secure your computer and networks
  • Limit Administrative Rights -Do not allow employees to install any software without receiving prior approval.
  • Install and Maintain Spam Filters
  • Surf the Internet carefully
  • Install & maintain real-time anti-virus & anti-spyware desktop firewall & malware detection & removal software. Use these tools regularly to scan your computer. Allow for automatic updates and scheduled scans.
  • Install routers and firewalls to prevent unauthorized access to your computer or network. Change the default passwords on all network devices.
  • Install security updates (patches) to operating systems and all applications as they become available.
  • Block Pop-Ups
  • Use strong password policies
  • Do not open attachments from e-mail -Be on the alert for suspicious email
  • Do not use public Internet access points
  • Monitor and Reconcile Bank Accounts Daily, especially near the end of the day
  • Note any changes in the performance of your computer Dramatic loss of speed, computer locks up, unexpected rebooting, unusual popups, etc.
  • Make sure that your employees know how and to whom to report suspicious activity to at your Company & the Bank

Contact the Bank if you

  • Suspect a Fraudulent Transaction
  • If you are trying to process an Online Wire or ACH Batch & you receive a maintenance page.
  • If you receive an email claiming to be from the Bank and it is requesting personal/company information

Incident Response Plans

Since each business is unique, customers should write their own incident response plan. A general template would include:

  1. The direct contact numbers of key bank employees (including after hour numbers);
  2. Steps the account holder should consider to limit further unauthorized transactions, such as:
  3. Changing passwords;
  4. Disconnecting computers used for Internet banking; and
  5. Requesting a temporary hold on all other transactions until out-of-band confirmations can be made;
  6. Information the account holder will provide to assist the bank in recovering their money;
  7. Contacting their insurance carrier; and
  8. Working with computer forensic specialists and law enforcement to review appropriate equipment.

Resources for Business Account Holders

  1. The Better Business Bureau’s website on Data Security Made Simpler
  2. The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) website on Protecting and Securing Customer Information
  3. The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) interactive business guide for protecting data
  4. The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Fundamentals of Information Security for Small Businesses
  5. The jointly issued “Fraud Advisory for Businesses: Corporate Account Takeover” from the U.S. Secret Service, FBI, IC3, and FS-ISAC available on the IC3 website or the FS-ISAC website
  6. NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association’s website has numerous articles regarding Corporate Account Takeover for both financial institutions and banking customers: