Like many businesses, Hocking Valley Bank may be the target of consumer security attacks or become the victim of the unauthorized use of our name and logo as part of a consumer fraud or identity theft crime.
It has come to our attention that cashier’s checks and money orders with Hocking Valley Bank’s logo have been distributed to individuals claiming that the recipient has been selected to become a secret shopper. A letter instructing the recipient to text the sender upon receipt of the package is included. The receiver is instructed to deposit the check immediately. Next steps will include keeping some of the money for their services, and either “wiring”, “sending,” or “shipping” a portion of the check’s proceeds back to the sender. Hocking Valley Bank HAS NO CONNECTION with this alleged mystery shopping program and the check or money order included in the mailing is fraudulent.
If you have received any material purporting to be in connection with Hocking Valley Bank and have questions about its authenticity,please call us at 740-592-4441 or, toll-free, 1-888-482-5854 or visit any of our locations. If the suspected fraud was received via mail, you are encouraged to file a claim of mail fraud with the United States Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455 or visit their website at postalinspectors.uspis.gov. You are also encouraged to contact your local or state law enforcement office on issues involving fraud.