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Modern Day Scams To Avoid

The possibility of being targeted for a scam or a malicious scheme is well-known, and you may be aware of some of the more common or outdated scams. Today’s criminals, however, are increasingly devious. They know that many people are onto their efforts, so they can go to great lengths to trick consumers like you into providing vital personal or financial details to them. This may include everything from your bank account or credit card account info to your Social Security number, account password and other details. These are some of the more advanced schemes that you should aware of.

Delivery Confirmation Scam

Most e-commerce companies will send a delivery confirmation email to the recipient as soon as a package is delivered. Scammers can send a bogus confirmation that may look almost identical to a real confirmation. When an unsuspecting person receives a delivery confirmation for an item that they do not recall ordering, their inclination may be to click on the link in the email and to review the order. This link is part of a phishing scheme that will collect your user ID and password for the account. If you receive a delivery confirmation email like this, avoid clicking the link. Always check on the order status through the app or by directly typing in the company’s URL before logging in.

Special Events Ticket Scam

Another scam involves special events tickets, such as for a concert or a major sporting event. This is a type of phishing scam as well, but it will collect your payment information rather than a user ID and password. If you receive an offer that seems too good to be true, it may be a scam. Rather than clicking on any link provided to you in an email, open a new screen or use your app to explore the legitimacy of the offer. In addition, never call a phone number listed in an email. Always research the phone number independently.

Payment Declined Phishing Scam

Some scammers attempt to collect financial details or your account login credentials via an email stating that your payment has been declined. Upon receiving this type of email, you may initially feel a sense of dread or concern since you may not recollect making a payment. This may motivate you to click on links in the email so that you can research the problem.

Fake Mobile Banking Apps

You do not need to click on bogus links in an email to fall victim to a scam. Some criminals have developed apps that look similar to those of major financial institutions, and they collect personal and financial data through their fake app. Conduct due diligence before downloading a banking app. This also applies to apps for investments, stock trading, credit cards and more.

We value your business and actively safeguard your data. Rest assured that we will never ask for your Social Security number, account number or bank info over the phone. We encourage you to take security precautions on your end as well. For example, never share your password, and change it periodically. Also, do not provide your financial details via email or to an untrusted and unverified party. 

Criminals are increasingly savvy, stay updated about the latest scams going forward so that you can take necessary precautions.

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