Fraud Prevention

Protect you and yours from fraud

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Popular Types of Scams by Age Group

From teens to seniors, stay informed, learn how to recognize common tactics, and protect yourself against fraudsters targeting your age group.

17 & Younger
Social Media Scams

Social media is used by scammers to steal information through fake surveys, events, or contests. They may also try posing as an unknown person trying to befriend teens to steal personal information or take their money.

Tip: Make sure teens set social media accounts to private so information and pictures are not easily accessible. It is important to talk to them about the risks of sharing personal or account information with someone they do not know.

Cellphone Freebies

Scammers will lure teens through social media with "free" ringtones, wallpapers, gift cards, or other items so that they opt into their services. These services often have hidden, expensive monthly subscriptions that youth bankers often don’t realize they’re subscribing to.

Tip: Talk to your youth banker about how to research companies and remind them they should never share information by creating an account or opting into free trials that require payment information upfront.

Online Auctions

Teens are tricked into bidding and paying for items that never arrive. Alternatively, scammers trick teens into sending items to sell but never receive their payment, or the auction never takes place.

Tip: Help your teen learn how to research any company or auction site thoroughly before participating in the bidding to make sure it’s legitimate. Help them to review and monitor transactions that you have approved.

18-29 Years Old
Online Income scams

Scammers hook their victims with the promise that they’ll earn quick and easy money right from their home. To apply, they must either send payment for the application or they’re sent a fraudulent check and required to transfer a portion of the check to the company.

Tip: Walk away from any job offers that require you to pay money upfront.

Debt-Related Scams

Scammers reach out to individuals who may be enticed by the promise that they can get their debts reduced or forgiven – for a one-time fee.

Tip: Reputable lenders will not require upfront payment. If they charge a fee, it will be deducted from the loan amount.

Fake Sale Listing Scams

Goods, services, and housing are listed on job or community boards for very low prices that seem too good to be true. Once the victim sends payment, what was promised never arrives or never existed

Tip: Research companies that make offers that are too good to be true and never give out any personal information or send payments to anyone you do not know.

30-59 Years Old
Property Foreclosure Rescue Scams

Posing as lenders, loan servicers, etc., scammers will promise to refinance property at a better rate or stop foreclosure. However, they’ll ask for a steep upfront payment or trick victims into signing documents that transfer the property to predatory companies.

Tip: Be wary of "lenders" who pressure you to act fast into deciding quickly or say they can guarantee stopping a foreclosure. Always research companies thoroughly.

Debt Collection Scams

Scammers posing as law enforcement or debt collectors try to collect a debt that’s not owed. They may go as far as threatening jail or even violence to receive payment but refuse to show any written proof of the debt.

Tip: Do not offer any kind of financial information to anyone calling to collect a debt unless you initiate contact first.

Lending scams

Like an upfront fee scam, lending scams happen when a victim thinks they’re applying for a loan through an online lender or lender app. Scammers entice victims with guaranteed approval even with bad or no credit, but require paying upfront fees as "insurance" or for "processing fees."

Tip: Be cautious of any lenders who claim to guarantee a loan approval. Reputable lenders will have a set of requirements they abide by.

60+ Years Old
Government Impersonation Scams

Scammers use scare tactics to force individuals to wire money, send a prepaid credit card, gift cards, or cashier’s check by pretending that they’re a trusted individual from a government agency like the Social Security Administration or the IRS.

Tip: Any government agency will first contact you through the mail, never by phone or email.

The Grandparent Scam

Scammers trick the victim by pretending to be family, a bail bondsman, or an emergency service, notifying that their grandchildren are in dire need of money. They ask for funds to be sent through person-to-person payments or wire transfers.

Tip: Do not answer phone calls from numbers that you don’t recognize; let the call go to voicemail. Use a separate source such as the internet or a reverse phone lookup search engine to verify the company. Companies will not call or email you and ask for a cash payment to help a relative.

Counterfeit Prescription Drug Scam

Scammers entice the elderly with promises of prescription drugs or “miracle” drugs that can cure certain ailments at a majorly discounted rate but oftentimes the medication never arrives.

Tip: If purchasing prescriptions online, make sure they’re approved by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. It is best to always consult your physician.

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8 Helpful Tips for Safeguarding Your Finances

Empower yourself against fraud with our expert tips on prevention.

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Never give out personal information

Unless you’re certain that you’re communicating with a trusted company, do not give any sensitive information over the phone. It may be a phishing scam.

Avoid clicking links in suspicious emails, texts, and landing pages

It’s best to type out the whole URL of the website you’re logging on to and avoid clicking on links found in emails if you’re not sure who they’re from.

Choose unique passwords

Pick phrases that are easy for you to remember and add capital letters, numbers, and symbols to bolster its strength and update passwords every 90 days. Avoid repeated passwords for different logins.

Use two-factor authentication when available

This safety measure sends a code to your phone or email for a two-step login process that ensures you’re the only person accessing your account and all pertaining sensitive information.

Avoid public Wi-Fi and computers

Avoid using public Wi-Fi and computers to access your banking app or any other account that can be susceptible to getting breached, like your email.

Sign up for alerts

Get notifications when a purchase above a certain dollar amount is made or whenever money is withdrawn from the account.

Protect your devices from attack

Always use strong passwords. Use security software such as antivirus protection and firewalls. Keep your operating system and browsers up to date since these updates can fix security issues.

Only download the official online banking app

Only use our official mobile banking app linked from our website to your Android or Apple app provider. Never download our app from an open source.

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