TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Date of News Release: 12/08/2008
(Mayfield, KY) - Kentucky State Police wish to warn the public of another email scam that has been hitting local in-boxes. KSP has received reports of citizens receiving an email from an institution named Commerce Bank. The email appears to have an official company header with the FDIC logo located below the bank name. The email explains that the recipient's account information needs to be updated. The text further explains that the update is needed to protect the recipient from fraud. A link is provided at the conclusion of the email that allows you to input your personal information. The author of the email states that failure to update the required fields will result in a suspension of your account.
Anyone who receives an email similar to this is asked to simply delete it. Never reply to emails that ask for personal account information. This is especially important when they specifically ask for names, account numbers, and social security numbers. A bank will never ask for this information over an email. As a reminder, the public is asked to frequently monitor their bank statements and credit reports in order to detect fraud at its earliest stage.