Avoid Cyber Threats and Fraud

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Avoid Cyber Threats and Fraud

3 Tips from the Ameris Bank Corporate Information Security Officer

Scammers are finding new ways to target people online and by impersonating banks and other reputable companies. In recognition of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, our CISO Shane Anglin has three tips to help keep your information secure.

Practice password safety. Always create unique passwords and avoid using the same password for multiple applications or websites. Never share your passwords, log in information, social security numbers, or PIN numbers with anyone.

Look closely at emails and text messages. Do they seem unusual or odd? Contain grammar or spelling errors? These are red flags! Never click links in suspicious messages and delete them immediately.

Be mindful of requests to act urgently. Fraudsters may claim that your family member has an emergency or ask you to take action right away. Always pause and remember that no reputable company, government, or law enforcement agency will ask you to make payments using an app like Zelle® or through gift cards.

“Trust your gut,” Shane added. “If you have a feeling that something is off, it likely is.”

If outreach seems suspicious, hang up the phone or delete the email or text message. You can always call the number on the back of your Ameris Bank card to verify outreach that you receive. Check out our website for more cybersecurity and privacy tips.

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