It's important to protect yourself and your identity. In today's world, it has become a lot more difficult than before. Please read our latest news below and stay up to date on the latest scams, security breaches, and compromises!
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March 2019 - Mobile Phishing
Your cell phone is a great tool for you, but it’s also a way for criminals to try and take advantage of you! Now people are starting to receive what seem to be “urgent” texts or emails from what they think are their bosses and coworkers. These texts and emails ask for the person to purchase gift cards for “business reasons” or complete other favors for them. If they have your phone number, they’ll often try to pressure you to complete tasks before you have time to think it through. Don’t fall victim to these scams! Think before you do anything! Do you recognize the email address? Even if it seem familiar or correct, it still could be false. Do you normally receive requests like this? Call the person who you believe is texting or emailing you and ask them directly before you respond to anything!
February 2019 - Romance Scams
During the Valentine’s Season, it’s easy to get swept away in the chocolate, flowers, and love in the air, but it’s even easier to be the victim of a Romance Scam. Last year, people lost over $143 million through romance scams! Often, people you meet online aren’t all that they seem. They attempt to lavish you with attention and act as though they’re in love with you, then begin to ask for money for some sort of emergency or travel. They often ask people to send money via wire transfer or gift card. If you believe you may be the victim of a romance scam, please cut off contact right away with this person, notify the dating or social media site you were approached on, and file a report with the Federal Trade Commission by clicking here.
December 2018 - PayPal Scam
It's common scam right before the holidays for fraudsters to send phishing emails, hoping that people forget what they bought online or where they bought it from. These emails may ask you to click a link which will prompt people to put in payment information so they can steal money out from under you. Make sure not to click on unsolicited emails or links in them. If you have questions about a purchase you made, contact the company you bought the item from.
September 2018 - Federal Reserve Scams
Individuals have been promoting videos online where they claim that people can make payments using false account numbers styled as secret accounts or Social Security trust accounts held at the Federal Reserve Banks. Please know that you must not use Federal Reserve Bank routing numbers when making online payments. Click Here for the full article, provided by the Federal Reserve Bank.