Financial Fraud Prevention
Stearns Bank is committed to recognizing fraud schemes
At Stearns Bank, we look out for our customers' interests. We have extensive monitoring and reporting programs to recognize and prevent fraud. Our staff is educated about emerging fraud schemes. If we notice suspicious or unusual activity on your business account, we will intervene to help prevent financial loss.
See the notices below about current fraud scams. And watch our videos to stay ahead of fraud.
Do you suspect fraud on your account? Report your concerns with our online form.
New Crypto Payment Scam
With this new payment scam, fraudsters ask people to pay with cryptocurrency. It involves an impersonator, a QR code and a trip to a cryptocurrency ATM. Learn more
The FBI's 10 Biggest Online Scams
The holidays are a time for scam artists to take increased advantage of others. In this article, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shares their list of the biggest online scams and how to protect yourself. Learn more
Detect and Avoid Money Mule Scams
Scammers are using online job ads, prize offers and dating websites to recruit unsuspecting people to help move stolen money. If you unknowingly help a scammer move stolen money, you could get into legal trouble. Recognize and avoid money mule scams. Learn more
Google Voice Verification Code Scam
This scam is targeted at people who post things for sale on sites like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. They also prey on people who post about a lost pet. The scammer contacts you saying they want to buy the item you’re selling. But, claiming to need verification, they send a text message with a Google Voice verification code and ask you for that code. Learn more
Website Aims to Prevent Ransomware Attacks
The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a new website to combat the threat of ransomware. StopRansomware.gov provides a one-stop hub of ransomware resources for individuals and businesses.
Ransomware is a long-standing problem and a growing national security threat. About $350 million in ransom was paid to malicious cyber actors in 2020, a more than 300% increase from the previous year. Further, there have already been multiple notable ransomware attacks in 2021, and despite making up roughly 75% of all ransomware cases, attacks on small businesses often go unnoticed.
Report Fraud or Suspicious Activity
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If you have witnessed fraudulent activity at Stearns Bank, or have reason to believe that fraudulent activity has occurred on your Stearns Bank account, please contact us.
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How To Avoid Fraud While Shopping Online
There are many scammers on the Internet, but consumers and can avoid becoming fraud victims if they pay attention during the holiday shopping season.Read More