As if the COVID-19 pandemic has not been bad enough, it seems an uptick in fraud schemes is making a bad situation even worse for a lot of people…even in small town Audubon. Since the pandemic began over a year ago, Audubon State Bank has seen an increase in familiar scams, such as:

Overpayment or Altered/Fictitious Check fraud;

Computer Takeover scams; and

In addition to these well-known types of fraud, community banks have also been on the lookout for COVID-related scams, which include: Unemployment Insurance fraud; ACH fraud; Twitter (Bitcoin) fraud; Medical/PPE Equipment fraud; Imposter scams; COVID-19 Testing, Vaccine and Treatment fraud; Charity scams; IRS and Government Check scams; FDIC and Banking scams; and EIP Check fraud.

In an effort to obtain personal identifying information (PII), bank account information and your…

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