Don’t get scammed! Online and telephone fraud are on the rise, and some of our members have been contacted by criminals trying to gain access to their Online Banking accounts.
Don’t fall for scammers’ tricks. You need to know these tips to protect your money and your identity.
1. Never give anybody your login credentials and passwords. A legitimate business will NEVER ask for your online banking login.
2. Don’t fall for “secret shopper” scams. Never give information or money to someone who contacts you with a “secret shopper” opportunity. There are legitimate secret shopper companies, but you should be the one contacting them. Never do business with “mystery” or “secret shopper” firms who….
- Advertise for shoppers in classified ads or through email
- Require that you pay for “certification” or to get access to mystery shopper jobs
- Guarantee you a job as a mystery shopper
- Ask you to deposit a check for them and wire some or all of the money to someone.
- The buyer can’t meet in person
- The buyer offers more money than you were asking
- The buyer asks you to send money through Western Union or MoneyGram
- The buyer only sends you text messages and won’t speak to you on the phone
4. Watch out for tech support and virus removal scams. If you receive a pop-up message, phone call, spam email, or other “urgent” message about problems with your computer, don’t respond. Don’t click on any links, don’t give out any information, and don’t send any money.
5. Beware of fake IRS agents. The IRS will never call you about past due taxes and threaten you over payment. And they’ll never ask you to “confirm” your Social Security number or bank account information.
- Hang up and call the family member or friend at a number you know to be genuine.
- Double check the story with other friends and family.
- Never wire money, use money transfer apps, or send money via overnight delivery options to people or places you aren’t familiar with.