Stay on guard for sham emails and websites that have been designed to steal your financial information. By reviewing the information below, you will learn how to protect yourself from this kind of fraud.
If you received an email message that appeared to be from BB&T and it requested confidential personal information, you should know that it was disguised to look like a legitimate message but it did not come from BB&T.
BB&T does not solicit confidential client information this way. These messages are fraudulent and they are not from BB&T. If you happen to get one, do not respond to it.
If you have already responded to one of these messages, or have logged on to a site that appeared to be BB&T OnLine after following a link in one of these emails, please call 888-BBT-ONLINE (888-228-6654) immediately. You may also send an email to Internetfraud@bbandt.com.
Con artists and scams are an unpleasant fact of life. To criminals, the Internet is just another way to take advantage of the unsuspecting. While electronic fraud has become a real problem in recent years, a little knowledge is all you need to protect yourself and your identity.
Electronic fraud is just like any other type of fraud. It involves a criminal pretending to be someone they're not. In the electronic world, this can mean emails with forged addresses or websites that are designed to resemble legitimate businesses. These false solicitations always have one thing in common: they ask you to provide personal information, often by asking you to "update your account information" by providing Social Security numbers, credit card numbers or other information. Once they have this information, it is easy for an experienced criminal to create a false identity for himself, using your name and your credit.
While the technology behind these crimes is complex, preventing them is easy. Never give out sensitive personal information online unless you're absolutely certain you can trust the site, and never send out sensitive information in an email.
All electronic contact with BB&T, where we request sensitive account information, is done either from one of our secure, online contact forms or inside the secure message feature of BB&T OnLine banking. If you're uncomfortable with transmitting any financial data online, you always have the option to contact us at BB&T Phone24, 800-BANK-BBT (800-226-5228), or to visit your local branch.
BB&T does occasionally conduct surveys. However, we will not contact you by email for your feedback in return for a cash incentive. Also, in any survey BB&T will never ask you to verify your account information or Social Security number by email.
Keep these simple rules in mind, and you'll be better equipped to protect yourself:
You can read more about electronic fraud or report suspicious email activity at the Federal Trade Commission website.