CHICAGO – The Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul has issued a warning regarding a new scam that looks to use fake bank websites to target consumers’ personal information. Scammers create the websites to make them look like a legitimate bank website to lure consumers into thinking they’re entering their personal information to create a bank account. Authorities have learned of at least two such fraudulent websites.
“No one is immune from online scams, so it is critical that people protect their personal and financial information from thieves,” Attorney General Kwame Raoul said. “Take a little extra time to confirm that you are doing business with a legitimate company, especially when you are sharing sensitive information for something like establishing a bank account.”
Officials recommend that consumers considering opening a bank account contact their bank directly to do so. Banks that learn of an imposter website are asked to notify the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s Division of Banking by emailing IL.Banks@illinois.gov. They should also consider placing a notice on their website and in their branches to alert customers, and consider contacting the imposter website’s domain name registrar to have it taken down.
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