Entries Categorized as 'Alerts & Scams'

Helping Harvey Victims Without Getting Scammed

Date September 5, 2017

The news reports about the Hurricane Harvey victims can really tug at your heart. You may even be moved to donate whatever you can to assist in the relief efforts. Unfortunately, though, that’s exactly what many scammers are counting on. Here’s how you can help out without falling prey to scams. 1.) Avoid Harvey scams […]

Beware The Make-A-Wish Charity Scam!

Date August 1, 2017

Sadly, hundreds of crooks hide behind the veil of charities. They’ll impersonate known charities or create a bogus one, then solicit funds and pocket the cash. Most recently, scammers have abused the name of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization dedicated to granting the most longed-for wishes of terminally ill children. Here’s how it works: The […]

Beware Of Phishing Scams!

Date June 26, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has warned of a recent upsurge in phishing scams involving credit union brands. In all phishing scams, the scammer poses as a legitimate business or service provider where the victim may have familiarity. In this case, they claim to represent your credit union. The fraudsters use social engineering, capitalizing on […]

Protect Yourself from WannaCry Ransomware and Other Viruses

Date June 9, 2017

On Friday, May 12, an unprecedented virus spread through the internet, creating enormous damage and loss. The WannaCry ransomware, as it is called, attacked 57,000 computers in less than a day. Ransomware works by holding a victim’s data under “ransom.” The virus encrypts the data and holds it hostage unless the victim pays a ransom, […]

Beware Of Fake Checks! Protect Yourself From The Latest Scam

Date May 3, 2017

Personal checks look simple and innocent. Recently, though, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other agencies have warned about increases in fake check scams. There are several variations of the scam, and they all end with you losing thousands of dollars. The scam may be done under the pretext of a work-at-home job, an online […]

Beware Unsolicited Help: Trouble With Tech Support Scams

Date March 22, 2017

Advanced computer technology can look like magic. Consequently, the wizardry that those with technical savvy can perform can be baffling. That confusion is exactly what some scammers rely on. The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers about scams featuring phony tech support. These schemes have one goal: compromise your technology to steal personal information and […]

Beware These Utility Scams

Date February 22, 2017

Gas, electricity and water are not purchases you regularly think about. However, if someone called and said your account was overdue and that your service was about to be shut off, it’d be frightening. You might do whatever they say to avoid the consequences. And that’s exactly what scammers are counting on. The Department of […]

How Debit Card Fraud Happens — and How to Avoid It

Date November 4, 2016

For many people, debit cards are the perfect plastic. They offer most of the conveniences of credit cards with no risk of accumulating debt. But like credit cards, debit cards are vulnerable to rip-off artists. And debit card fraud is particularly scary because thieves can withdraw money directly from your checking account. Here’s how debit […]

Android Mobile Banking Users: Be Aware of Svpeng Malware

Date June 16, 2014

If you use an Android phone, and use Mobile Banking, please read on. There is a new Malware invading U.S. Android phones. The malware – called Svpeng –  targets Android devices and looks for specific mobile banking apps on the phone, then locks the phone and demands money to unlock it.  In the U.S., Svpeng breaks […]

Text Message Scam Alert: Be Aware and Be Safe

Date June 10, 2014

Automated texts are being broadcast that warn consumers to call certain numbers to reactivate their payment (debit/check) cards. Details are below: A recent text example: “Federal Credit Union ALERT: Your CheckCard has been temporarily LOCKED. Please call Card Services line (407) 574-2992”. Text messages do not reference a particular issuing brand but they may vaguely […]