Fraud Prevention2022-01-24T13:54:22-08:00

How to Avoid Elder Financial Exploitation

March 28th, 2024|Categories: Fraud Prevention, Money|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Did you know that individuals over the age of 50 control 70% of the country’s wealth, and seniors between the ages of 65 and 74, with an average net worth of $1.06 million, have more assets than any other age group? Because members of this age group have disposable income lying around, criminals often target them with scams and dementia, disability, and decline can make it even easier for these scammers to successfully steal funds. Elder scams are a problem [...]

How To Use QR Codes Safely

February 15th, 2024|Categories: Fraud Prevention|Tags: , , , , , , , |

These days, QR codes are a common and convenient way to scan tickets, view a menu, pay for a service, or even board your flight. With so many great uses, it’s not hard to see why QR codes have gained popularity since the start of the pandemic, but unfortunately, they can be used in harmful ways as well. Recently, fraudsters have been using QR codes to hide harmful links that steal personal information. Want to know how to keep your [...]

Five Things to Know to Help You Avoid Putting Your Money At Risk

January 19th, 2024|Categories: Fraud Prevention|

Guarding Your Finances: Dodging Scams In today's digital world, online banking makes life easier, but it also brings new challenges like spoofing and phishing scams that can put your money at risk. Let's break it down to help you recognize and avoid these tricky schemes. What's Spoofing? Spoofing is when tricksters pretend to be your Kitsap Credit Union to fool you. They might send texts or calls claiming there's a problem with your account. These texts or calls may even [...]

Spoofing Tactics to Keep An Eye Out For

April 24th, 2023|Categories: Fraud Prevention|Tags: , , , |

Your financial safety is important to us,  be aware of spoofing tactics to avoid financial harm! Spoofing is when a fraudster calls or texts pretending they are from a government agency, trusted company, or financial institution. The information shown on your caller ID may look like it’s legitimate however, the caller asks for your personal information, such as your pin number, debit or credit card number, or even your online account username and password. No matter how convincing they may [...]

6 Tips to Protect Yourself from Fraud

April 10th, 2023|Categories: Fraud Prevention|Tags: , , , |

Wondering what the best ways are to protect yourself from fraud? Let's talk about it! Here are a few strategies: 1. Monitor your credit reports and scores to see if there is unusual activity 2. Monitor your financial statements and make sure to contact your financial institution to correct any errors promptly 3. Practice password safety by creating strong passwords and updating them often 4. Be cautious online! Don't click unknown links or download sensitive information on public Wi-Fi 5. [...]

Tips On How To Use Public Wifi Safely

September 29th, 2022|Categories: Fraud Prevention|Tags: , , , |

Using public WIFI can be risky if you are doing more on your device than exploring the internet. Using your favorite coffee shop’s network means that your personal information, private documents, contacts, family photos, and logins could be up for grabs by a hacker. In today’s “Ask The Expert” blog, we sat down with our Security Analyst Brent B. to ask some questions about using public WIFI safely.  […]

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