Customer Security and Online Theft

Scam Alerts, Identity Theft, Fraud, and Other Privacy Issues

There is frequent news about various attempts at online theft, from emails and phone calls trying to trick you into releasing personal information or user names and passwords, to viruses (malware) that capture keystrokes.

Email attachments and fraudulent websites can download viruses, so be cautious about the email you open and the sites you visit. Please note that Heartland Bank will not ask for user names or passwords, so be especially cautious if you receive such a request.

To protect your privacy and your financial information, it is important that you always download the latest browser versions and install – and update - antivirus software on your personal and business computers. Older browser versions can’t protect against new intrusions, nor can outdated antivirus software or no virus protection at all.

While there are layers of protection in place on the bank’s end, including firewalls and data encryption, banks cannot fully protect the account if a hacker has fraudulently obtained your username and password. 

What you can do: keep your browsers and antivirus software up-to-date and check your accounts online on a daily basis.

Recent Issues

Felony Lane Gang

Heartland Bank has been notified that the Felony Lane Gang is back in Illinois. This group is a national gang of thieves, presently believed to be in the Chicago area.  The gang tends to target day care centers, gyms and parks - anywhere there are a lot of cars and trucks - where people are apt to leave purses, wallets and bags in their vehicles. They will go directly to a bank, often having some sort of disguise that even matches the documents (check, ID's) they have stolen.  They go through drive-up lanes in the far lane, cashing checks and quickly leaving. 

Dell Computers Security Flaw

Some Dell Inc. personal computers shipped since August 2015 include a bug that could let hackers snoop on a machine’s encrypted Internet traffic. A problem has been discovered in the eDellroot certificate, described as a vulnerability that allows hackers to install malware. Please use the links below to detect and remove the bug.  

Information Regarding a Mystery Shopping Check Scam (Updated 6/4/2015)

ATM Skimming

Protect Yourself

Find more information on identity theft, fraud, and other privacy issues at:

Federal Trade Commission

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)