Archive: Fraud Education

Fraud Education – Check Fraud

According to the American Bankers Association, the number of check fraud filings in 2023 has skyrocketed, doubling since 2020. Check fraud is a criminal act that involves using a check without authorization or altering a legitimate check to steal money from an individual or business. Check fraud can take many forms. ...read more

Fraud Education – Cryptocurrency Fraud & Scams

Cryptocurrency (also known as crypto) is a type of digital currency that exists electronically or virtually. This virtual money is not backed by any government or bank. Unlike government backed money, the value of virtual currency is driven by supply and demand. Bitcoin is a type of cryptocurrency and can ...read more

Protect Your Family During Internet Safety Month

Internet Safety Month, observed each June, is a great time to consider how you are securing your family’s safety online. There are several unique risks associated with children and online safety. When a child is using a computer or mobile device, normal safeguards and security practices may not be sufficient. Children ...read more

Fraud Education – Online Banking Scams

Financial institutions work hard to protect your personal identifiable information (PII) and confidential account information. There are many layers of security measures in place to help make sure you are the only one who can obtain information about, or conduct transactions through, your account(s). However, scammers know about all these security ...read more

Fraud Education – Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Payment Fraud & Scams

Peer-to-peer (P2P) payment apps offer simple and convenient ways to send and receive money. You’ve probably heard of these apps with names such as Zelle, PayPal, Venmo, and Cash App. Many P2P apps allow you to send money with just a single click or swipe. That speed gives fraudsters the chance ...read more

Fraud Education – Fake Check Scams

How does a fake check scam work? The following stories are scenarios for check fraud: You are "accidentally" overpaid for an item you sold online. The buyer asks you to send them the overpayment via wire transfer or popular funds transfer apps like the Cash App. You receive a work-from-home offer, ...read more

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Identity theft is the unauthorized use of someone else’s personal identifying information for fraudulent purposes. Identity thieves may steal your name, address, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, Social Security number, and other pieces of information that identify you. Then, they use this information for various types of fraudulent acts ...read more

Fraud Education – Online Loan Scam

A loan scam is a loan offered under false pretenses. The scammer will use fake company logos, phony caller ID numbers, and other scam techniques to impersonate legitimate loan companies. What is the scammer trying to gain?  Social Security NumbersCredit/Debit Card NumbersOnline Banking CredentialsAccount Numbers There has been a spike recently in fraud ...read more

Fraud Education – Elder Exploitation Scams

Older adults are often targeted for financial exploitation due to their income and accumulated life-long savings, in addition to the possibility that they may face declining cognitive or physical abilities, isolation from family and friends, lack of familiarity or comfort with technology, and reliance on others for their physical well-being, ...read more