July 13, 2011
Beginning January 1, 2012, The First State Bank will no longer be able to paper savings bonds. Purchases of electronic savings bonds in Series EE and I will remain available through purchase in TreasuryDirect. For more information please visit: http://www.treasurydirect.gov/news/pressroom/pressroom_comotcend0711.htm or http://www.treasurydirect.gov
January 21, 2011
FDIC Issues Special Alert on Deposit-Insurance E-Mail Scam The FDIC has issued a special alert to warn consumers about an e-mail scam that uses the alleged suspension of consumers' deposit insurance coverage as a ploy to obtain personal information. The e-mail -- purportedly from the FDIC -- informs recipients that "in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, federal, state and local governments," the FDIC has withdrawn deposit insurance coverage from their account "due to account activity that violates the Patriot Act."
It then says the deposit insurance coverage will remain suspended until identity and account information can be verified using a system called "IDVerify." The FDIC is attempting to identify the e-mails' source and disrupt their transmission, officials said.
June 21, 2010
ALERT: We have learned that criminals have launched a major e-mail campaign to deploy the infamous ZeuS Trojan e-mail, which will send spam messages, some disguised as fraud alerts, from the Internal Revenue Service, Twitter account hijack warnings, or salacious Youtube.com videos. This fraudulent IRS e-mail uses the verbiage "Notice of Underreported Income" as the Subject Line and encourages the recipient to click a link to review their tax statement. All of the latest e-mails use a variety of URL shortening services.
This is a reminder that you should never open the attachment or download information from unexpected or spam emails.
June 18, 2010
Important security alert for Debit Visa Card ® Customers!
First State Bank, Louise and Visa® work closely to monitor and protect your Debit Visa Card® from any fraudulent activity. When we learn of fraudulent activity taking place, we may block certain transactions that occur in a particular country or state or location or at a specific type of merchant. Currently, all Debit Visa Card® Signature-based transactions are being blocked in Italy at the present time.
If you are unable to use your Visa Debit Card as a credit card , you still may be able to use your Debit Visa Card® at all of these stores by simply selecting "Debit" and using your PIN.
As fraud patterns change, we may add or remove blocks as appropriate to protect you. Be sure to always monitor your account and let us know immediately if you notice unauthorized transactions. Please contact The First State Bank Customer Service at 979-648-2691, your local branch, or stop by your nearest Banking Center to report unauthorized transactions, or if you have further questions.