Scammers and Criminals Abuse Caller ID

We have been notified that several customers have received calls from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other groups claiming to be health care affiliated. The Caller ID on these calls make it appear that the calls are from F&M Bank. Here are some tips to avoid these types of scams!

We have been notified that several customers have received calls from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other groups claiming to be health care affiliated. The Caller ID on these calls make it appear that the calls are from F&M Bank.

Unfortunately, criminals and scammers can assign any number to their caller ID, which can easily confuse consumers and lead to fraud. Local numbers and those using trusted companies (such as F&M Bank) make it more likely the consumer will respond to a scammer’s call.

The NIH wants you to know that they do offer grants for research, but these grants are to researchers and must be applied for. Here are some tips to avoid these types of scams:

  • Hang up if you get a strange call from the government and visit the official (.gov) website for more information.
  • Never give out – or confirm – personal information on a call you receive.
  • Never send money through wires or reloadable cards.
  • Pressure to act immediately is a sure sign of a scam.

Consumers can register a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) online by accessing this site: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/. Complaints can also be filed with the Federal Communications Commission at https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov/.

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