Premier Bank Joins Anti-Phishing Campaign

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Concerned about phishing campaigns, Premier Bank is joining the American Bankers Association and other banks across the country to promote the #BanksNeverAskThat campaign in October, which is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

The Federal Trade Commission estimates consumers lost $8.8 billion to phishing and other fraud in 2022, a 65% increase from 2021. To combat phishing, the #BanksNeverAskThat campaign uses attention-grabbing humor and other content to help consumers identify bogus bank communications attempting to obtain their information, such as passwords and Social Security numbers.

“Education and awareness are key to helping our clients spot scams,” said Tina Shaver, executive vice president, chief risk officer. “Here at Premier Bank, we invest in state-of-the-art systems, services and processes that protect our clients’ personal and financial information. We want to be a resource for education for our clients, and through the #BanksNeverAskThat campaign, we are able to provide resources on how to recognize and avoid phishing scams so clients can stay one step ahead of the scammers.”

Paul Benda, senior vice president, operational risk and cybersecurity for the American Bankers Association, points out with just one text message, phone call or email, those impersonating a bank can steal thousands of dollars, but the campaign intends to arm consumers with information to outsmart scammers.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.