Posted on 11 May 2018.
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From First Florida Integrity Bank:


Gmail Scam Alert

Dear Valued Customer,

At First Florida Integrity Bank, the security and privacy of your financial information is paramount, resulting in multiple layers of protection to ensure your information is secure. We also want to make sure you receive timely information so you can arm yourself against the threat of scams and fraud.


For those of you that have a Gmail account we want to share with you the latest scam going around!

The scammer sends the victim a text message asking whether they’ve requested a password reset for their Gmail account - and, if not, to reply with the word ‘STOP’.


Once you respond with ‘STOP’, the next text you receive will urge you to send the 6 digit numerical code in order to prevent the password being changed.


Of course, what’s really happened here is that the scammer has requested a password change on your account which, in turn sends a code to the actual owner to verify that they actually want the password changed. By sending the scammer the code, you’re enabling them to complete the password change, which will then enable them to access your emails.


So what should you do if you get one of these Phishing text?


Simple: companies will never ask if you don’t want to do something with your account, or to ask you to do something to stop something else from happening. Also, trust your own memory - you didn’t ask for a reset, so you shouldn’t be asked about one. Do not reply to the text (doing so will tell the scammers that they have reached a valid number).


Finally, always make sure you have 2-step verification set up on your Google account.

To learn more about the measures we take to protect you, please click on the green Security Center button located at the top of our website:


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, our valued customer, for your loyal patronage and business. We value the trust you have placed in us as your financial partner, and we look forward to continuing to service your banking needs.


Garrett Richter CEO
First Florida Integrity Bank

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