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Beware of Scam Attempts!

Greg Moran on February 28, 2019  |  0 comments

Each year scam artists and identity thieves steal billions of dollars from unsuspecting consumers. These criminals use the phone, email, text messaging, postal mail and the internet to steal your information or trick you into handing over your money.

Consider the following scam attempts:

  • Phone calls from a popular software company’s Tech Support department to inform you that your computer is infected and offering to sell you software/services to fix it
  • Phone calls or text messages from popular software companies attempting to assist you with financial transactions
  • Emails received out of the blue informing you of your claim to a large inheritance from a distant relative or acquaintance
  • Text messages indicating that you’ve won an all-inclusive vacation
  • You receive strong romantic overtures from someone you’ve just met on Social Media or a dating app/website.  Now they want you help them with a financial transaction

You or one of your family members have likely been the target of one or more of these types of attempted scams.  So, how do you protect yourself?  Here are a few tips to help keep you safe:

  • Does the email or phone call pass the “Smell Test”:  Is this opportunity too good to be true?  Am I doing business with this person/company?  If the opportunity seems to come out of nowhere, you should be wary of it.  Try to independently verify the claims that the emailer/caller are making by contacting the company directly via a separate phone call. 
  • Get a second opinion:  Ask a trusted friend/family member to review a potential offer that you are unsure about.  Getting an independent opinion will often confirm doubts that you are having about the situation.
     
  • Don’t give out personal information:  Do not disclose your account number to anyone who calls you, even for verification purposes.  Hang up and call the company directly to ensure that you are speaking with an authorized individual before disclosing any of your personal information.
     
  • Protect your login information:  Never give someone access to your username/password to log into your banking accounts.  Scammers use your account to commit fraud on other accounts in the financial system.  You could be liable for any fraudulent action that occurs using your account, even if were not the party committing the fraudulent act.

Here are a few scam/fraud related websites that can be used to help you determine if the offer you’ve received is legitimate or a scam:

FTC Scam Website:  https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts

USA.gov Scams and Frauds Website:  https://www.usa.gov/stop-scams-frauds

NCUA Fraud Prevention Center Website: https://www.mycreditunion.gov/fraud-prevention-center


 

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Congratulations, Kristin!

Greg Moran on February 12, 2019  |  0 comments

We have our first monthly winner of the Win with AFCU Sweepstakes! Kristin C. won $500 for making five or more purchase transactions with her AFCU Debit Card in January 2019. Kristin stopped by the credit union to receive her prize and take a photo with our giant check. She'll be purchasing college text books with the money and we think that's outstanding!

Remember, the more purchases you make with your AFCU Debit Card the more entries you get into the prize drawings. We'll be giving away $500 each month throughout 2019 and a $2,500 grand prize at the end of the year! For full details and official rules, click here.

Kristin

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