November 10, 2023
Scammers tend to kick it into overdrive during the holidays, according to the FBI, when more people are shopping online and also feeling pressure to purchase gifts for friends and family that will arrive on time. Non-delivery scams cost Americans hundreds of millions of dollars every year, with credit card fraud accounting for the majority of losses. Read on for some tips to help avoid online scams during the busy shopping season.
October 3, 2023
You can be an active partner in preventing fraud by keeping your personal information safe. Learn how to protect yourself from criminals who may try to steal your personal or financial information with these helpful tips.
July 11, 2023
As scams become more sophisticated, you may find yourself second guessing your actions when it comes your online activity or financial transactions. Should I click the link? Is that really my bank calling? Is this contest too good to be true? You can be an active partner in identifying potential threats and how to avoid them by being Fraud SMART. Be aware of these red flags to help protect your identity and your finances.
June 13, 2023
Seniors are increasingly becoming targets for financial abuse. As people over 50 years old control over 70 percent of the nation's wealth, fraudsters are using new tactics to take advantage of retiring baby boomers and the growing number of older Americans. Despite these threats, the American Bankers Association has provided some simple steps to safeguard personal information and be aware of warning signs that can protect aging men and women from financial abuse.
May 11, 2023
Fake checks continue to be one of the most common instruments used to commit fraud against consumers. Before you deposit a check you weren’t expecting or wire funds to an unknown recipient, check out these red flags from the American Bankers Association.
April 13, 2023
Your mobile device provides convenient access to your email, bank and social media accounts. Unfortunately, it can potentially provide the same convenient access for criminals. The American Bankers Association recommends following these tips to keep your information — and your money — safe.
February 23, 2023
Taking steps to protect your personal information can help you avoid tax identity theft. Learn how to stay ahead of identity thieves with these helpful tips from the Federal Trade Commission.
October 13, 2021
When it comes to financial scams, education is the first line of defense. Scam artists prey on the elderly, especially in times of crisis, in order to get them to divulge confidential information or to exploit them financially. The American Bankers Association has provided 10 important tips inspire savvy seniors.
April 2, 2020
The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers to be on the lookout for a surge of calls and email phishing attempts about the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. These contacts can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft.
November 25, 2019
The holiday season brings with it festivities and all kinds of electronic communications related to holiday greetings, shopping, travel, shipping, and parties. Unfortunately, it also brings opportunities for malicious actors to send spam and phishing emails.
May 22, 2019
As online dating has become more common, there has also been an increase in scams targeting users of online dating sites. A romance scam is a trick where someone pretends to have romantic feelings for a victim, gains their trust, and then uses that relationship to commit fraud. Usually, the crook misleads a victim online and then talks the victim into sending money, sharing personal and financial information, or laundering money for the crook.
January 31, 2019
When using e-mail for personal or business use, always exercise caution. The following 4 tips are from German American’s Security Team experts to help you detect, and avoid, fraudulent e-mails.