Financial Wellness

Scam Awareness & Cyber Security

Learning to identify and avoid scams is the first step in protecting yourself from fraud. With incidents of fraud and identity theft growing in number and sophistication, securing your personal information requires more than pulling an annual credit report and occasionally changing your password.

  • Beware of Gift Card Payments, Pop-Ups and Links
    Scammers demand payment in ways that make it difficult to get your money back such as by wire transfer, gift card, prepaid card, or a money transfer app. Anyone who asks you to pay by gift card is a scammer. Gift cards are for gifts, not payments. Read more.
  • Protect Yourself and Your Finances
    Scammers are always ready to pop up where there’s an opportunity to make money — and a pandemic is no exception. Sophisticated fraudsters are setting up look-alike government websites, using fake emails, texts, and social media posts as a ruse to take your money and get your personal information. Read more.
  • IRS Warns on Coronavirus-Related Scams
    The Internal Revenue Service urges taxpayers to be on the lookout for new and evolving scam calls and email phishing schemes during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more.
  • Phone Scams
    People lose a lot of money to phone scams — sometimes their life savings. Scammers have countless ways to cheat you out of your money over the phone. In some scams, they act friendly and helpful. In others, they might threaten or try to scare you. Read more.
  • 10 Things You Can Do to Avoid Fraud
    Be suspicious of fraudsters who ask for payment in the form of a money order or gift cards. Legitimate businesses and government agencies will never demand payment in gift cards. Read more.
  • Alarming Increase of Scam Calls
    Be cautious of telephone calls threatening legal action, demanding fees or requesting information. Read more.
  • IRS Tax Scams Continue Year-Round
    Even after the April filing deadline has passed, scam artists remain hard at work, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has urged taxpayers to be on the lookout for a spring surge of evolving phishing emails and telephone scams. Read more.
  • Safeguard Your Identity
    Data breaches are not just headline news. It is a serious matter that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history and reputation, and it can take time, money and patience to resolve. Read more.

 
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