Consumer Alert: Don’t Fall Victim to Online ScamsLearn More About ID Theft

Your security is important to us. At First Avenue National Bank, we want to provide tools and resources to help prevent identity theft and educate you on security.

What is “Phishing”?

Phishing is a high-tech scam that uses spam e-mail or pop-up messages to attempt to deceive you into disclosing your credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security number, passwords, and other sensitive information. Phishing is a tool used for identity theft.

Example Citations
Phishing is the term coined by hackers who imitate legitimate companies in e-mails to entice people to share passwords or credit card numbers.

What is “Spoofing”?

Spoofing is pretending to be something it is not, on the Internet, usually an e-mail or a web site.

How to report Phishing or Spoofing:

We suggest reporting phishing emails or spoofed web sites to the following groups:

  • Do not open any unsolicited e-mail.
  • Forward the e-mail without opening to
  • Forward the e-mail without opening to the Federal Trade Commission at
  • Forward the e-mail without opening to the “abuse” e-mail address at the company that is being spoofed (e.g.,

Here are a few other websites that you may find useful:

Free credit report

Ocala/Marion Chamber of Commerce

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Administrator of National Banks

US Savings Bonds

Marion County Property Appraiser

Ocala weather forecast

FDIC Edie the Estimator