Be on Guard Against Scams


 

Cyber Attacks ConceptScam artists continue their attempts to dupe people, including our members, into giving them money.

Below are a few of the more recent scams that you should keep on your radar:

  • Facebook Impersonation Scams – Scammers take over a friend’s account or make a new fake account with your friend’s information and photos. They tell you that there has been a devastating occurrence or loss, and ask for money to help.
  • Dating Scams – Singles fall for a fake online date, and then send them money to help with plane tickets or tragedies.
  • Investment Scams – The continuing stock market instability lures investors into “sure thing” scams, such as Ponzi schemes, reverse mortgages, penny stocks, and private stock offerings.
  • Phone Impersonation Scams – Crooks pose as relatives, utility employees, or IRS employees to frighten victims into paying alleged fines or medical bills.
  • Lottery and Sweepstakes Scams – Con artists tell victims that they won a lottery or sweepstakes but they have to send money first before their winnings arrive.
  • Advance Fee Scams – Victims receive dud checks for supposed service or employment and are asked to wire back part of the payment before it’s discovered that the check is fake.

Keep yourself and your money safe!

Below are a few tips from our Fraud & Security Center:

  • Supplement Passwords – Some sites you already use may offer more secure ways to login that will make your account harder to hack
  • Watch Friend Requests – Be alert for duplicate requests and only accept requests from friends you know
  • Verify Independently – Check with friends and family over the phone or in person to ensure the requests are legitimate
  • Shred Documents containing sensitive information
  • Never give out personal information such as account numbers and birth date
  • Ask for a phone number to call back or ask to speak to a manager

For additional information, tips and Members 1st security policies, please visit our Fraud & Security Center.

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