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Tips for Protecting Yourself from Personal Fraud and Scams

Article details provided by Melissa Walker, VP, Retail Operations & Security.

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Unfortunately, financial fraud is common. There are almost 300 different types of fraud, and anyone is susceptible. That’s why learning how to protect your identity and assets is essential.

Common types of fraud include phishing, malware, ransomware, mail scams and check fraud.

Most scammers use similar tactics:

  • Creating a sense of urgency or sympathy
  • Impersonating a company or government official
  • Advising not to involve your bank
  • Requiring payment through gift cards, wire transfers, Bitcoin ATMs or cash apps

Utilizing digital payment services, such as our Online Bill Pay, lowers your risk of check fraud.

Account Takeover

Ransomware and malware are becoming increasingly common and can be as simple as opening an email attachment or clicking on a provided link. Unfortunately, that allows hackers to take control of your computer.

Here are some tips to protect yourself from fraud:

  • Don’t open emails you were not expecting.
  • If you receive an unexpected email from someone you know, contact them to verify its authenticity.
  • Don’t click on any unknown links or attachments.
  • If you mail checks, write them out with a black gel ink pen.
  • Check your account balance and transactions daily for suspicious activity.
  • Don’t hesitate to contact your bank if you suspect you’re a victim of fraud.

 

Croghan representatives will work with you to report fraud and assist in the investigation process. Visit our Fraud Prevention page for more information.

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