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Everyone loves a gift card for their favorite retailer or restaurant. It’s like getting money to spend in any way you please! Unfortunately, scammers also love gift cards and for all the wrong reasons: They often use gift cards to pull off scams.
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You spend a lot of time planning and browsing for holiday gifts. As retailers prepare to roll out their deals for the upcoming shopping season, people are buying gifts online more than ever. Here are some things to consider to make your holiday shopping more secure.
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Data breaches show up in the news on a regular basis. According to Risk Based Security’s Mid-Year Data Breach Report, there were 1,767 publicly reported breaches in the first half of 2021, exposing 18.8 billion records.
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Cybercrimes are increasing every year. Unfortunately, developments like the pandemic, the growth of cryptocurrency, and online working and shopping have created a target-rich environment for criminals.
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Scammers are very active during weekends and long holidays, taking advantage of credit union closures and travelers. Unfortunately, they are often successful.
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Protect yourself and those you love. In a recent scam targeting cash-strapped millennials, fraudsters are once again cashing in on people’s naivety and goodwill. This time they’re using social media to make it happen.
Scams to watch out for
Riiiing! You race for the landline, but the caller has already hung up—after just one ring. How rude! You thumb through the Caller ID, poised to give your mysterious caller a ring back when you note the strange area code.
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The situation is becoming all too common: you receive a call while out shopping or perhaps during dinner. Perhaps you don’t recognize the number, but the person on the line identifies themselves as an employee of your financial institution. They speak urgently—there’s a problem with your account.
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We’re seeing a rise in a new scam targeting teens and young adults in our area. This extremely damaging scam mainly works when a fraudster takes advantage of a victim’s naivety and commits fraud in the victim’s name.