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Recent Bank Scams in the Minnesota News


During the past week, there were two stories regarding incidents related to banking scams in Minnesota in the evening news.


In the first news story, the Bemidji Police Department confirmed that a financial scam has been circulating through the community. Several individuals received suspicious texts and emails that appeared to be sent by their bank and asked them to verify account information. In the second story, the Detroit Lakes Police Department detailed its investigation involving fraudulent activities on numerous accounts at a local bank. Customers of the Detroit Lakes branch had reported fraudulent credit and debit card transactions recently posted to their accounts.


A couple things to remember about suspicious text or email messages:

  • If you receive a suspicious looking text or email, delete it! In fact, get rid of any texts asking you to confirm or provide personal information. Legitimate companies don’t ask for information like account numbers or passwords by text or email.
  • Don’t give out any personal information in response to a text or email. A spammer may want access to your Social Security number, credit card numbers, and bank and utility account numbers to open new accounts in your name.


It is very important for each of us to review our account statements to ensure all transactions are legitimate. If you do find unauthorized transactions, report them to Bank Forward immediately so we can take appropriate action to avoid any future losses.

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