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Jan 25, 2023
Business Email Compromise & Wire Fraud – A $43B Scam

Business Email Compromise (BEC) happens when cybercriminals gain access to an employee’s legitimate business email through social engineering or computer intrusion. The criminal then impersonates the employee—often a senior executive or someone who can authorize payments—and instructs others to transfer

Jan 25, 2023
Dec 07, 2022
Identity Theft 101 & Best Practices
During the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, reported incidents of fraud and identity theft increased in frequency substantially. According to the FTC, identity theft complaint frequency rose 113% year-over-year during 2020, with 33% of adults in the United States experiencing some form of identity theft. During 2021, complaint volume grew again, with identity theft comprising about 24% of the 5.9 million overall complaints related to fraud. During this time, the most common complaint types involved government documents / benefits fraud.
Dec 07, 2022
Dec 01, 2022
Mobile Security Tips
One of the wonderful things about our mobile devices is the flexibility and convenience of apps that we can easily download onto our phone and tablets. Apps can do all kinds of useful things for us, but in order to be most useful, they may require access to personal information such as your contacts, calendar, phone logs, and location. But do these apps ask for too much access?
Dec 01, 2022
Nov 18, 2022
Online Shopping Tips for the Holidays
It is the most wonderful time of the year! Now that the holiday season has arrived many are choosing to do their shopping online to take advantage of online selection and convenience. However, there are some things that you should keep in mind before you decide to push the “Check Out” button on your browser.
Nov 18, 2022
Nov 04, 2022
Four Red Flags For Fraud
November 14-20 is Fraud Awareness week – take a few minutes to review the below tips and tricks to identify signs that you’re dealing with a fraudster, as well as some general best practice guidelines.
Nov 04, 2022
Oct 03, 2022
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

What is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)?  NCSAM is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more

Oct 03, 2022
Sep 19, 2022
Passwords, Safe and Easy!
Most people know that a difficult-to-guess password is the safest kind of password. But difficult passwords are also the hardest to use. Can passwords really be both SAFE and EASY? They can be – if you use a password manager.
Sep 19, 2022
Sep 19, 2022
Close the Window! Why Security Updates are Essential
You’ve purchased your new personal computer, connected to your home network. What happens next? Microsoft (or Apple depending on your preference) begins a seemingly never-ending process of “updating.” Sometimes comforting and sometimes annoying, our computers seem to want to update all of the time, requiring reboots, delays, and sometimes breaking things. Why all the fuss about updates?
Sep 19, 2022
Aug 08, 2022
Vacation Scams
Planning your next vacation? Be on the lookout for potential fraud! According to the FTC, consumers in the United States have lost nearly $75M in vacation-related scams since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Vacation and travel scams are the second most reported scam to the FTC, with over 40,000 fraud reports since the beginning of 2020. Here are a few of the most popular schemes related to travel that fraudsters employ, and some best practices to keep in mind when you plan your next trip!
Aug 08, 2022
Aug 03, 2022
Podcast: 4 Practical Tips to Protect Yourself And Your Financial Accounts Online
The experts of this show featured Deborah Cragg, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer, and John Folkerts, Information Security Manager.
Aug 03, 2022
Aug 03, 2022
3 Steps to Outsmarting Malware
Malware – short for “malicious software” – is any program that runs on your system that is unauthorized by you or performs some unauthorized function. The person who created the malware may intend to cause you or your system harm, steal your private information, or hold your data for ransom. Frequently banking fraud is facilitated by malware, since malware is able to watch web traffic and read information stored on your system (including passwords!). And malware attacks are increasing once again in 2022, with an 11% increase in volume this year according to SonicWall.
Aug 03, 2022
Jun 28, 2022
Elder Financial Abuse: How to Identify and Protect Yourself and Others
Elder financial abuse is a type of fraud which involves the misappropriation of financial resources belonging to an elder, within the context of a relationship where there is an expectation of trust and care. In other words, elder financial abuse happens when elderly individuals are preyed upon for financial gain. These schemes can range from simple theft in the form of unauthorized check cashing, to legal document abuse such as fraudulent transfer of Power of Attorney, to more complex schemes such as extortion.
Jun 28, 2022
May 27, 2022
Don’t Forget to Plan
Some smart person once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” This catchy piece of wisdom applies to protecting your personal information as well, since the minor disasters that can impact your private data occur quite regularly. For instance, the hard drive in your computer may have an expected lifetime of 6 years, over which time it has a 1-2% chance of failing every year. Once you have owned it for a few years, your chance of a drive failure gets uncomfortably high.
May 27, 2022
Apr 26, 2022
Understand the Risks of Payment Fraud - Prevention and Protection

While high technology crimes make headlines, good old-fashioned checks are the largest vehicle for payment fraud according to Associates for Financial Professionals (AFP) Payment Fraud Survey (www.afponline.org).

Apr 26, 2022
Apr 06, 2022
Common Tax-Related Schemes
Tax day is right around the corner, on April 18! Review some common scams, recommendations, and best practices for filing taxes safely and avoiding potential fraud or identity theft!
Apr 06, 2022
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