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Safeguard Your Finances from Scammers

Safeguard Your Finances from Scammers

From Jacob Zozzaro , IT & Operations Assistant at Crest Savings Bank

Jacob Zozzaro works at Crest Savings Bank to safeguard their online operations and has advice for you to stay safe against fraud.
Jacob Zozzaro works at Crest Savings Bank to safeguard their online operations and has advice for you to stay safe against fraud.

In an age where digital transactions are commonplace, scammers have become increasingly skilled at tricking individuals into divulging sensitive information, leading to financial losses. Fraudsters often impersonate bank employees, send misleading texts appearing to be from banks, or even call pretending to be the account holder, requesting account changes.

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Scammer’s Tactics

Scammers utilize a variety of methods to gather information necessary to execute their schemes including social media, loyalty programs and/or data breaches. In addition, scammers employ sophisticated software to steal personal information. These malicious programs can infiltrate devices, capturing login credentials, credit card numbers, and other sensitive information. Once equipped with this data, scammers can bypass security measures and execute fraudulent transactions.

Steps to Enhance Financial Security

Verify Communications: Always double-check any communication received from your bank or financial institutions. If you receive a suspicious call, text, or email, do not provide any personal information. Instead, contact your bank directly using the official contact numbers listed on their website or statements.

Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): MFA adds an extra layer of security by requiring two or more verification methods. This might include something you know (password), something you have (mobile device), or something you are (fingerprint).

Monitor Accounts Regularly: Frequently review your statements and transaction history to catch any unauthorized activity early. Many banks offer alerts for unusual transactions, which can provide immediate notification of potential fraud.

Use Strong, Unique Passwords: Create strong passwords that combine letters, numbers, and special characters. Avoid using the same password for multiple accounts and change them regularly.

Secure Your Devices: Ensure your computer, smartphone, and other devices are protected with up-to-date security software. Be wary of downloading programs from unknown sources, as they could contain malicious software designed to steal personal information.

Educate Yourself and Others: Stay informed about the latest scam tactics and share this knowledge with friends and family. Awareness is a powerful tool in preventing fraud.

As scammers become more sophisticated, it’s crucial to remain vigilant and proactive in protecting your information. By utilizing the steps listed above, you can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to financial scams.

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