Phishing Alert

Important Notice
Recently fraudulent e-mails and phone calls have been received by customers of the Garrett State Bank, as well as non-customers, requesting personal information.  DO NOT RESPOND!  These requests are fraudulent attempts (called "phishing") to get people to provide them with personal information for illegal purposes.  If you have already responded, please call us immediately during regular busines hours at 260-357-0313. 



At Garrett State Bank, we will NEVER ask for your password, PERIOD!  If someone contacts you by phone or email and claims to be from the Garrett State Bank asking for your password or personal information, do not respond.  If you are in doubt of the legitimacy of an email or phone call, please call the bank and ask if the request is offical.  Please contact us immediately to inform us of any attempted scam.  We will contact the proper authorities regarding this criminal activity.



Don't get hooked by a 'phisher'!


What is a 'phisher'?  It is an internet fraudster who sends spam, pop-up messages or fraudulent phone calls, to lure personal information (credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security numbers, passwords or other sensitive information) from unsuspecting victims.  According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), phishers send an email, pop-up message or phone call that claims to be from a business or organization that you may deal with - for example, an Internet Service Provider (ISP), bank, online payment service or even a government agency.  The message may ask you to "update", "validate", or "confirm" your account information.  Some phishing emails threaten dire consequences if you don't respond.  The message directs you to a website that looks just like a legitimate organization's site.  But it isn't.  It's a bogus site whose sole purpose is to trick you into divulging your personal information so the operators can steal your identity and run up bills or commit crimes in your name.