April 10, 2017

Be on the lookout for fake checks. They may look legitimate, but can be easily faked.

Don’t be pressured into wiring or sending money after depositing a check. If you send money to a scammer, the funds may be impossible to recover.

You may be responsible for repaying the funds if you deposit a fake check and withdraw money, even if you were scammed.



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Online Security​

Be Smart Online

The internet makes many everyday tasks faster and more convenient, like shopping, researching products, banking, searching for health information, and communicating on the go. Get tips for being safe and making the most of your time online.

 

Credit Union Website Legitimacy

Before you do anything on your credit union’s website, ensure the URL is correct. Many scammers use URLs that deliberately look very similar to a real credit union, but link to a copycat website. Scammers hope to lure you into the “evil twin” website to trick you into giving them personal information such as your account number and password.

If you have doubts that you’re on the right page you can retype the URL into your browser, conduct an internet search for your credit union’s name, and see if the same website is in the top listing. You can also read the website’s “About Us” section to look for a brief history of the credit union, address and information about its insurance coverage.

Protect Kids Online

Kids have lots of opportunities for socializing online, but they come with certain risks. Parents can help reduce these risks by talking to kids about making safe, responsible decisions.

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) helps you protect your children's privacy. Enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), COPPA requires websites to get parental consent before collecting or sharing information from children who are under 13 years old.

Take advantage of your COPPA rights. Your child's personal information is valuable, and you can do a lot to protect it.

Kids Online Safety Toolkit Read more.

Quick Tips for Financial Safety Online

Keep Your Transactions Secure. The Internet is a public network. Therefore, it is important to learn how to safeguard your credit union account information, credit card numbers, Social Security number and other personal data.

Secure Your Computer. Clicking on the wrong link can leave you open to scammers, hackers, and identity thieves. Learn experts' top tips for how to protect your information and your computer while online. Read more.

Think Before You Click. Receive an email claiming you can get a very low interest rate on a mortgage if you just click on the link? See an ad on a website that promises you can erase a negative credit score with just one click? Following suspect links like these can lead to a website with a virus designed to steal your information.

If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Secure Your Computer

The internet gives you access to countless products and services. At the same time, it can leave you open to scammers, hackers, and identity thieves. Learn experts' top tips for how to protect your information and your computer while online. Read more.

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