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Avoiding Online Scams

Crooks use clever schemes to defraud millions of people around the globe every year.  They often combine sophisticated technology with age-old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information.  Many scammers insist that you wire money, or pressure you to make a decision on the spot.  Don’t fall for such tactics.  Use these tips to help you avoid common scams.

 

WHAT TO DO

  • KNOW WHO YOU ARE DEALING WITH.
  • UNDERSTAND THAT WIRING MONEY IS LIKE SENDING CASH.
  • READ YOUR MONTHLY STATEMENTS.
  • GIVE ONLY TO ESTABLISHED CHARITIES AFTER A DISASTER.
  • WHEN INVESTING, REMEMBER THERE’S NO SURE THING.

 

WHAT NOT TO DO

  • DON’T SEND MONEY TO SOMEONE YOU DON’T KNOW.
  • DON’T AGREE TO DEPOSIT A CHECK AND WIRE MONEY BACK.
  • DON’T REPLY TO MESSAGES ASKING FOR PERSONAL OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION.
  • DON’T PLAY A FOREIGN LOTTERY.

 

REPORT ONLINE SCAMS

  • If you think you’ve been scammed, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

  • Visit ftc.gov/idtheft to find out how to minimize your risk of identity theft.

  • Report scams to your state Attorney General.

  • If you get unsolicited email offers or spam, send the messages to spam@uce.gov

  • If you get what looks like lottery material from a foreign country through the postal mail, give it to your postmaster.

 

WHERE TO LEARN MORE

  • U.S. Federal Trade Commission – visit www.ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP.
  • The Internet Crime Complaint Center – visit www.ic3.gov.
  • U.S. Department of State – visit www.state.gov.

 


 

To report a lost or stolen debit card, please contact your local branch immediately to avoid unauthorized charges. 

After hours, please call 877-226-2351 (877-CANCEL-1). 

 


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MOBILE CHECK DEPOSIT NOW AVAILABLE

BankWest of Kansas now offers Mobile Check Deposit as a free service on our mobile app.  The BankWest of Kansas mobile app can be downloaded from Google Play (for Android devices), the Apple Store (for iOS devices), or Amazon Appstore for Android (for Android devices).  The app is free to download, and Mobile Check Deposit can be used by individuals at no charge.  The mobile app can also be used to pay bills, transfer funds between accounts, and view balances and transactions.  Our mobile app also has Spanish language support available.  To enable this mode, change the language settings of your device to Spanish.

To deposit a check with our mobile app, you must include the following as an indorsement:

1) indorse the check on the back with your signature

2) include under your indorsement, "For mobile deposit only at BankWest of Kansas" and your account number to which the check is being deposited.

If you have any questions about how to use the mobile app or how to complete a Mobile Check Deposit transaction, please let us know at (785) 899-2342.

 

 


 

 

We are proud to be a locally owned and operated bank serving Western Kansas and Eastern Colorado for over 100 years. Our commitment is to provide personalized customer service with the latest banking products, services, and technology available. Our loan expertise covers agriculture, residential real estate, business, and consumer lending. We welcome you to look around our website and to come visit us at our bank.

BANKWEST OF KANSAS will NEVER initiate email or internet requests requiring customers to respond with personal information. Any requests for personal information received through email, web sites, or pop-up windows should be considered fraudulent and reported to us immediately. If you receive an email asking for your account information (ID, password, card number, etc.), DO NOT respond! If you have already given out your bank account information, report the theft of this information to the bank as quickly as possible by calling (785) 899-2342.

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