10 Tips to Protect Yourself When Banking Online

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As new technology emerges and the world becomes increasingly “mobile,” more and more people are taking their financial management online. But as consumers move online, so do potential threats to their financial well-being. With more online activity comes more news of data breaches, hackers, and even social engineering scams. Online safety is a very real… Read more »

What Can You Do About Unauthorized Charges?

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No matter who you are or where you’re from, we all have something in common: the dread of logging into one of your financial accounts and seeing charges that aren’t yours. While there are many ways to protect yourself from fraud, there were more than 3.2 million reports of identity theft or fraud in 2019,… Read more »

Member Tip: What to Do When You (and Your Kids) are Online at Home

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Excerpt from the Federal Trade Commission Article by Jennifer Leach, Associate Director Division of Consumer & Business Education: What to Do When You (and Your Kids) are Online at Home If you have kids in school, there’s a good chance they’re kicking off their school year…in your living room. All the while, you might be… Read more »

Member Alert: Those free COVID-19 money offers on WhatsApp and Facebook are scams

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Excerpt from the Federal Trade Commission Article by Diana Schiller, Investigator, Division of Marketing Practices: Those Free COVID-19 Money Offers on WhatsApp and Facebook Are Scams Have you seen a message on WhatsApp or Facebook offering you free help during the pandemic? People have reported seeing messages that seem to be from Pepsi, Walmart, Whole… Read more »

Member Alert: Tips to Help You Avoid Post-Disaster Scams

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Excerpt from the Federal Trade Commission Article by Colleen Tressler, Consumer Education Specialist: Tips to Help Avoid Post-Disaster Scams Whether you’re getting ready to deal with Laura or Marco, the storms about to hit the Gulf Coast, dealing with the ravages of wildfires out West, reeling from the derecho that struck the Midwest, or facing… Read more »

Member Alert: 2020 Census Visiting Homes and Sending Emails

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Excerpt from the Federal Trade Commission Article: 2020 Census: Visiting Homes and Sending Emails The Federal Trade Commission is partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to help you guard against potential census scams. Knowing how the 2020 Census process works, what information you will — and won’t — be asked for, and some red flags… Read more »

To Buy or Not to Buy: 6 Questions to Ask Before Making a Big Purchase

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  Sooner or later, the time is going to come when you start to consider making a big purchase — something more significant than your day-to-day budget allows or accounts for. It could be that you’re tired of renting, realizing how much more home you could afford if you were to buy your own, and… Read more »

6 Romantic Weekend Getaways in South Carolina

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  Summer may be a time for vacations, but you don’t have to take a full week away to plan a great — and romantic — getaway. South Carolina is packed with places that are not only fun to visit but also offer relaxing lodging, fantastic food, and idyllic views. For our top picks, check… Read more »