Security Alerts

It's important to protect yourself and your identity. In today's world, it has become a lot more difficult than before. Please read our latest news below and stay up to date on the latest scams, security breaches, and compromises!

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September 2019 - Don’t always trust a pop-up

Sometimes, when you’re browsing the web, you get an odd pop up that appears on your screen. Sometimes these can appear to be great deals for a product or service or another enticing offer. Don’t click on the pop up! Put that mouse down! Now hackers are able to inject malware into pop-ups and other advertisements online, even on trusted sites. One pop-up you may be familiar with is the “Your computer is infected! Download our antivirus software now!” claim. If you click on this, a fake scan will start, ask you to pay for the service, and then your payment information will be in a scammer’s hands.

Make sure to avoid clicking on these pop-ups and to update your operating system regularly to avoid these pop-ups!

August 2019 - Hover before you click!

Can you really detect if an email is safe? Well, it’s hard to say, but one thing you can do is hover over links to make sure you know where they go before you click on them! Simply by placing your cursor over a link, you’ll be given a preview of the web address the link takes you. If the email appears to be from a company you do business with, does the link match the web address for the company when you hover over it? Does the link have any misspellings? Does the link route to a look-a-like address for the company? Did you even expect to receive this message? Remember, think and hover before you click!

July 2019 - Don’t let scammers stress you out!

One way for fraudsters to get your personal information is by creating fake stressful events that could shock you or put you in a situation where you may feel fearful for the purpose of causing an impulse reaction. Scammers will also create a sense of urgency to increase the chances of you having an impulse reaction and supplying your personal and banking information. For example, you may receive an email with the subject like “ACTION REQUIRED: FRAUDULENT ACTIVITY ON YOUR CHECKING ACCOUNT”, causing you to click on the links provided or provide your personal information to learn more about this “fraud” on your account. Never click on links or attachments from these emails, texts, messages, etc. Pick up the phone, call the company, and make sure it’s real. If the sender requests that you send money or gift cards, it’s probably a scam!

March 2019 - Mobile Phishing

Your cell phone is a great tool for you, but it’s also a way for criminals to try and take advantage of you! Now people are starting to receive what seem to be “urgent” texts or emails from what they think are their bosses and coworkers. These texts and emails ask for the person to purchase gift cards for “business reasons” or complete other favors for them. If they have your phone number, they’ll often try to pressure you to complete tasks before you have time to think it through. Don’t fall victim to these scams! Think before you do anything! Do you recognize the email address? Even if it seem familiar or correct, it still could be false. Do you normally receive requests like this? Call the person who you believe is texting or emailing you and ask them directly before you respond to anything!

February 2019 - Romance Scams

During the Valentine’s Season, it’s easy to get swept away in the chocolate, flowers, and love in the air, but it’s even easier to be the victim of a Romance Scam. Last year, people lost over $143 million through romance scams! Often, people you meet online aren’t all that they seem. They attempt to lavish you with attention and act as though they’re in love with you, then begin to ask for money for some sort of emergency or travel. They often ask people to send money via wire transfer or gift card. If you believe you may be the victim of a romance scam, please cut off contact right away with this person, notify the dating or social media site you were approached on, and file a report with the Federal Trade Commission by clicking here.

December 2018 - PayPal Scam

It's common scam right before the holidays for fraudsters to send phishing emails, hoping that people forget what they bought online or where they bought it from. These emails may ask you to click a link which will prompt people to put in payment information so they can steal money out from under you. Make sure not to click on unsolicited emails or links in them. If you have questions about a purchase you made, contact the company you bought the item from.

September 2018 - Federal Reserve Scams

Individuals have been promoting videos online where they claim that people can make payments using false account numbers styled as secret accounts or Social Security trust accounts held at the Federal Reserve Banks. Please know that you must not use Federal Reserve Bank routing numbers when making online payments. Click Here for the full article, provided by the Federal Reserve Bank.