One easy way to protect yourself is to NEVER send funds without doing your research and asking questions.
Do not give out any of the following:
Never provide personal information - No legitimate company will call or email you to confirm your account or personal information.
Call your financial institution directly - Call your Financial Institution's official phone number to verify (or report) the suspicious activity. Scammers often use high pressure tactics to scare you into sharing information.
Automated calls - Hang up on automated calls claiming to be the IRS, FBI, or local law enforcement. If a message is left with a phone number to call, do not call the number back.
Be cautious of emails - Emails may ask you to click a link to verify account information from a legitimate company where you have an account, but the email could be fraudulent. Contact the company directly using a phone number or website you know is valid.
Scammers can access your smart device, but we have a few tips to keep your devices secure.
Stay safe while you're using an internet browser.
Use a trusted password manager to manage the different passwords for each service you utilize. When possible, create unique usernames and strong passwords. Many password managers include browser add-ons and mobile apps. Remember to never share your login credentials.
Don't use names and numbers that are easy to guess like a birth date, number in sequence, house number, etc. Do not use one password for everything. Have multiple passwords and change them often.
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