Protect Yourself From Identity Theft and Pandemic-related Fraud
COVID-19 is a serious public health threat to our personal and financial well-being. It’s unfortunate that there are scammers out there taking advantage of our fears. Here are a few tips from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for keeping these scammers at bay.
Do not respond to calls, texts or emails from people offering you instant money from the government regarding COVID-19. Scammers are using these forms of communication to get you to share valuable personal information, such as your account number, Social Security number or credentials to gain access to your financial accounts. Additionally, be aware that scammers may use familiar company names or pretend to be someone you know.
Charity and donation scams
If you would like to donate to a charity or crowdfunding site, please do your research. If the recipient requests your donation by cash, gift card or bank-to-bank wire, do not do it. Additionally, do not let anyone rush or force you into making a donation. Intimidation is a sign that you are being targeted by a scammer.
Unemployment fraud is rampant in Oklahoma, and you could be a victim without even knowing it. How? Fraudsters use your stolen information to file for unemployment in hopes of getting the check.
Stay vigilant by setting up TFCU Account Alerts and by taking advantage of TFCU Shred Days for the safe disposal of your sensitive documents. Additionally, be sure to monitor your credit report.