Premier Bank Joins ABA and Banks Across U.S. for #BanksNeverAskThat Anti-Phishing Campaign
America’s banks join forces in coordinated, industry-wide campaign to protect consumers during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Youngstown, OH (October 4, 2022) – Premier Bank is pleased to announce that they have joined the American Bankers Association and banks across the nation to promote an industry-wide campaign educating consumers about the persistent threat of phishing scams.
The Federal Trade Commission estimates that consumers lost $5.8 billion to phishing and other fraud in 2021, an increase of more than 70% compared to 2020. To combat phishing, the #BanksNeverAskThat campaign uses attention-grabbing humor and other engaging content to empower consumers to identify bogus bank communications asking for sensitive information like their passwords and social security numbers.
“Phishing attempts are at an all-time high and scammers are targeting consumers from every direction—by text, phone and email,” said Paul Benda, Senior Vice President, Operational Risk and Cybersecurity at ABA. “Education and awareness are key to helping consumers spot a scam, and with help from participating banks like Premier Bank, we’re able to reach bank customers across the country so they can stay one step ahead of the scammers.”
Premier Bank, along with more than 1,000 banks from across the U.S. and ABA, are kicking off this year’s campaign to mark the beginning of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Throughout the month, Premier Bank will share eye-catching questions, videos and consumer tips on social media designed to highlight the most common phishing schemes. Because cybersecurity education and fraud awareness can often be dull and forgettable to many consumers, the campaign is designed to be bright and bold with a bit of comedy. For more information about phishing scams and how to stop fraudsters in their tracks, visit BanksNeverAskThat.com*.
About Premier Bank
Premier Bank, headquartered in Youngstown Ohio, operates 74 branches and 12 loan offices in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia (West Virginia office operates as Home Savings Bank) and serves clients through a team of wealth professionals dedicated to each community banking branch. The holding company for Premier Bank and First Insurance Group is Premier Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: PFC), headquartered in Defiance, Ohio. First Insurance Group is a full-service insurance agency with ten offices in Ohio. For more information, visit the company’s website at YourPremierBank.com.