Site secure with Cyveillance

by Admin 30. July 2009

Part of our role is to make sure that we maintain the safest and most secure channel for you to manage your finances, and in an effort to constantly improve that security we recently added an additional feature to our site. Some of you may have noticed it, most of you probably did not, but there is a new image at the bottom of 1stMarinerBank.com with Cyveillance written across it. You’re probably asking, “how does that little image make the site more secure?” Well, that small seal allows us to protect you – the best customers in the whole world – from ‘phishing’ scams.

Not familiar with the term phishing? As defined by the Financial Services Technology Consortium (FSTC) phishing is an attack in which an electronic identity is misrepresented in an attempt to trick individuals into revealing personal credentials that can be used fraudulently against them. In other words, it’s when hackers us malicious tactic’s to trick users into giving up their personal data. One way to accomplish this is by ‘spoofing’or copying a site to make it look like a legitimate site.

Still a little confused? Let’s draw up a scenario. You decide to visit 1stMarinerBank.com – because it’s the coolest site out there – to check your finances or read this awesome blog. You arrive on a site that you believe is 1stMarinerBank.com. Suddenly, the site prompts you to input your personal information for what sounds like a legitimate reason. You enter in your information and the site allows you to proceed further. What has just happened is that your information was harvested by a false site made to look like 1st Mariner’s.

How did that happen? There are several ways and most of them are due to malicious code being placed on your computer by unsecured downloads. Unfortunately, companies such as Western Union, AOL, SunTrust, eBay, Amazon, Paypal, Earthlink, and Citibank have all had their customers fall victim to this crime.

So how does that image protect you from such scams? The Cyveillance image is part of a larger service that we subscribe to that monitors the web for any potential phishing threats to 1stMarinerBank.com. Not only are we alerted but if you come to our site and do not see the Cyveillance seal than there is a possibility that you may be on a spoofed site.

Remember, we will never prompt you for any personal information on our site. If you are unsure about the site you are on or have a question, do not hesitate to call, email, or chat online with our customer service department.

Customer Service: 410-558-4200, email, or chat online

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Comments (4) -

Cam Whetstone
Cam Whetstone
8/16/2009 10:58:13 AM #

That sounds fine as far as it goes.  However what is to stop a Ohisher from copying the seal onto the fake webpage?As a rule if a site all of a sudden asks for information thaqt I think is nit correct, I usually bail out and contact the real site owner to see what is going on.  When I actively used PayPal, I used to get those phishing emails once a week.  I just forwarded them to PayPal' phishing address and a few days later I got back a that was a bogus email from them.

Steven Kruskamp
Steven Kruskamp
8/18/2009 3:51:39 PM #

You bring up a good point.  Built into the service is a monitoring function that searches the web for false uses of the seal.  I think your point about communicating with the known owner of a site if you receive questionable messages is a good one and your tactic of forwarding the messages to the owner not only help the site operator but you as a customer.  If you ever receive a questionable message - whether email, phone, or letter - please do not hesitate to contact our customer service department.  \n\nThanks for the comment.

lewis langkam
lewis langkam
8/30/2009 6:22:06 PM #

I just want to reorder checks for my account. I have never had this trouble before . How do I get to the site? Thank You

Steven Kruskamp
Steven Kruskamp
9/8/2009 4:35:46 PM #

Lewis, simply click this link to order new checks - https://www.checksconnect.com/



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