Anti-phishing E-mail Feature
At St. Mary’s Bank, your privacy and security is a top priority. In order to defend against phishing emails, we include a unique security feature whenever links are used in our promotional emails. A phishing email is one that claims to be from a reputable source, but is actually from a fraudster. Fraudster’s use these phishing emails in an attempt to direct you to a fake website to obtain private information, or encourage you to click on a link that may install malicious code onto your computer or grant unauthorized access. These are almost always sent without any information specific to the receiver as they tend to be sent to millions of victims.
We know that there are an abundance of phishing emails, which is why St. Mary’s Bank assigns a security code to the bottom of any promotional email that includes links. This code tells you the email is from us and it is safe to click the link(s). If you don’t see the security code that is specific to you (the last 4 digits of your member number with us), do not click on any links included in the email! See the example below:
Security Code XXXX
Important Security Feature! The security code you see above is the last 4 digits of your member number with St. Mary's Bank. If you see this code, you can be assured this email communication is from St. Mary’s Bank.
You should always confirm there is something specific to you before opening attachments or clicking on links within any email you receive to minimize your risk of falling victim to phishing scams.
For those members receiving e-Statements, you can still rely on the passphrase you originally set up to confirm the e-Statement notice is valid. The security code noted above is only for promotional emails from St. Mary’s Bank that you may not be expecting.
As always, if you have any concerns about emails or your security and privacy, please contact our Member Contact Center at 1-888-786-2791.