There’s a new method for stealing personal information online called “phishing.” Typically, you receive an e-mail that appears to come from a reputable company you recognize and do business with such as Citizens National Bank, credit card companies, Internet Service Providers or an online retailer.
The e-mail usually contains a warning of some kind and either request you to update account information or to provide information for verification. It often includes a link to a phony web site, which looks like the real one, to complete the information.
NO ONE FROM CITIZENS NATIONAL BANK OR ANY REGULATORY AGENCY, SUCH AS THE FDIC, WILL CALL YOU OR SEND YOU AN EMAIL ASKING YOU TO SEND US A RESPONSE CONTAINING PERSONAL OR PRIVATE INFORMATION.
It is important that you never disclose any account or personal information that comes to you from an unsolicited source. Do not respond to any e-mail message that asks for you to confirm information that Citizens National Bank should already know. Even if you receive an e-mail saying your account will be shut down unless you confirm your account information, do not reply or click on any links in the e-mail.
If you provide the requested information, you may find yourself the victim of identity theft. No one from Citizens National Bank or any regulatory agency, such as the FDIC will call you or send you an e-mail asking you to send us a response containing personal or private information.