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FRAUD PREVENTION AND SECURITY
Fraud and scams are realities in today’s world. Here are just a few of the most common schemes fraudsters may use:
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- “Buy it now – this offer is only good today!”
- Pay first, before any of the details or contract are provided.
- Offers that discourage potential customers from taking the time to research the product or company thoroughly before purchasing.
- Offers in which a fee has to be paid to receive a large amount of money back.
Extremely alarming or threatening messages – threats of account closure and/or jail for yourself or a loved one.
Fraudsters use fear in hopes that people will panic and be frightened into providing their personal information.
“Free” trips, life insurance, lottery winnings, etc. They ask you to pay a small processing charge in order to receive your money/gift.
Love of your life? Or just a really good scam artist?
Sure, you can find love online. You could also find yourself falling for a clever con artist who will gain your trust and rob you blind. It happens all the time.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received more than 25,000 complaints about romance scams last year. Victims reported losing $201 million to these scams last year. For the past two years, more money has been lost to romance scams than any other type of scam reported to the FTC.
Romance scammers post their fake profiles on popular dating websites and apps. They also target people through direct messaging on social media sites. Their goal is to steal your heart and then steal your money. Victims can lose hundreds of thousands of dollars. In some cases, their life savings.
Already clicked on something?
Change your password. If you’re worried about something you clicked on, or personal info you gave out, it’s a good idea to change your password for the related site (if there is one).
Monitor your accounts and contact us if you see anything out of the ordinary.
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