Netflix phishing scam: Don’t take the bait

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by Colleen Tressler Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Phishing is when someone uses fake emails or texts to get you to share valuable personal information – like account numbers, Social Security numbers, or your login IDs and passwords. Scammers use your information to steal your money, your identity, or both. They also use phishing emails to… Read more »

102-2018 – FDIC Consumer Awareness Item – Just an FYI

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Just prior to Black Friday FDIC published the resource (See Link Below) to educate consumers heading into the holiday shopping season. Just an FYI to the extent you may be able to use all or part for member education since we Credit Unions get no such assistance from our regulator. Read More

Fake calls about your SSN

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by Jennifer Leach Acting Associate Director, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC The FTC is getting reports about people pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) who are trying to get your Social Security number and even your money. In one version of the scam, the caller says your Social Security number… Read more »

Spear Phishing Scammers Want More From You

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“I’m calling from [pick any bank]. Someone’s been using your debit card ending in 2345 at [pick any retailer]. I’ll need to verify your Social Security number — which ends in 8190, right? — and full debit card information so we can stop this unauthorized activity…”

College test prep scams are happening

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Recently, we heard about scams targeting parents of high school students preparing for college. The scammers claim to be from The College Board – the organization responsible for the PSAT and SAT tests. They call or email you, asking for credit card numbers so they can send PSAT prep materials that the student has supposedly requested. Often the scammers have the student’s name, address and phone number – making them seem more believable. Except your student didn’t ask for materials, and it’s not this group calling.

Hang up on spoofed SSA calls

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If you get a call that looks like it’s from the Social Security Administration (SSA), think twice. Scammers are spoofing SSA’s 1-800 customer service number to try to get your personal information. Spoofing means that scammers can call from anywhere, but they make your caller ID show a different number – often one that looks legit. Here are few things you should know about these so-called SSA calls.

Charity scams follow hurricane’s wake

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As Hurricane Michael barrels its way toward Florida’s Gulf Coast, scammers continue to con people who want to help those affected by past hurricanes. Case in point: The FTC and its state and local partners are getting reports about sham charities following Hurricane Florence’s devastating impact on North and South Carolina.

New Credit Law FAQs

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by Lisa Weintraub Schifferle Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education You’ve heard about the new law that makes credit freezes free and fraud alerts last one year. If you have questions, you’re not alone. Here are answers to some of the questions we’re hearing most. Read more >