Post Category: Data Security

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Avoid COVID-19 Scams and Other Fraud Attempts

Use caution and be able to tell the difference between a real contact tracer and a scammer. Legitimate tracers need health information along with your name, address, and possibly names of places or people you have visited. They do not need money or your personal financial information such as your online banking credentials, account information […]

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Be Aware of Scams Targeting Your Personal Information

Fraud Reminder: Liberty Financial will never call you to obtain your digital banking credentials or authentication code, or any sensitive credit or debit card information, including card number, PIN, or three-digit security code. If you doubt the validity of any call supposedly from Liberty, we recommend that you hang up and call the credit union […]

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Beware of Scams Promising Grants or Free Money

The credit union was recently made aware of a scam based on the promise of a loan or grant through the U.S. Small Business Administration. The goal is to obtain your personal and account information from the application. A similar scam focuses on applications for unemployment benefits. The victims of both scams are then told […]

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Text Message Scams

Financial institutions around the country have reported fraudulent text message schemes in the last several months. A fraudulent text message appears to be sent from a financial institution and asks the recipient to verify their account number or other personal information. If you receive a text message like this, please do not click any links […]

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Beware of COVID-19 Scams

During this time of worldwide crisis when most of us are focused on our safety, scammers are focused on ways to exploit the public. This is especially true for those looking for help during this time and for those who are expecting potential COVID-19 relief funds. From fictitious websites mimicking the CDC, WHO, and even […]

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Sweepstakes Scams

Be on the lookout for sweepstakes/lottery scams, employment scams, lending scams, and even romance scammers who try to trick you into handing over your hard-earned money—or worse. Throughout the country, scams continue to plague those who receive a phone call or email telling them that they’ve won a large sum of money in a sweepstakes […]

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Employment Scams

Those in search of employment or loans often fall prey to fraudulent ads where the victim will provide their social security number and all other personal information to the scammer. In addition to being able to steal the victim’s identity, the scammer will usually send a fraudulent check instructing you to buy equipment from their […]

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Romance Scams

Romance scam artists will pose as a romantic interest online and speak with their victims anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of years trying to establish trust. At times, they or someone else will even meet the victim in person. Once they feel they have gained their trust, they will then begin […]

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The Latest Online Threat To Home Buyers, Lenders

WASHINGTON–Credit unions and their members have another online threat to guard against—having home downpayments stolen. According to a number of sources, online criminals are increasingly impersonating real estate agents online in order to get buyers to send funds to offshore accounts. As part of the scam hackers penetrate real estate agents’ emails and monitor communications […]

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NCUA Posts ID Theft Resources for Consumers

New resources are available from the National Credit Union Administration to help consumers protect themselves from identity theft and take action if they believe they have been victimized. According to the NCUA, more than 17.5 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2014, which resulted in more than $15 billion in losses. The NCUA […]

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