Find out about common scams to know what to avoid and get information on safety tips. 


Scams trick victims into providing personal information through tactics such as phishing emails, fake social media accounts, and too-good-to-be-true offers. Stay alert to keep yourself, your information, and your privacy safe and secure.


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Stay alert to typical scammer requests/actions, as they may:

  • Ask you to provide personal information or even transfer money by phone, text, or email to try to gain unauthorized access to your account.
  • Contact you and tell you they’ve noticed suspicious activity. They may ask you to send money to yourself using your mobile banking app to reverse the payment or prevent account depletion.
  • Place ads on social media marketplaces to sell goods and services. Often, these deals require customers to pay in advance. Once you pay the scammers, you won’t be able to contact them again.

Email phishing attacks and online malware attacks are common and dangerous. Stay alert and suspicious to protect yourself.

  • Be suspicious of urgent requests for personal financial information.
  • Be wary of threats, such as issues with your account that require immediate attention.
  • Look for typos and grammatical errors.
  • Check the sender’s email address to see if it’s been slightly altered.
  • Pay attention to generic greetings and signatures.
  • Don’t click on links in unsolicited emails, which may lead to spoof websites.
  • Don’t download attachments in unsolicited emails.
  • Don’t use links in an email, message, or chat to visit a webpage if you suspect the message is not authentic.
  • Turn on automatic software and operating system updates
  • Let your security software run automated scans
  • Install anti-virus software, anti-spyware programs and keep them updates
  • Use a firewall to prevent unauthorized access to your computers and devices
  • Don’t connect to a public Wi-Fi network, which is often unsecured
  • Don’t click on email links or respond to text messages someone you don’t know
  • Regularly back up your files to protect yourself if something goes wrong
  • Only download apps and software from official app stores and reputable sources
  • When in public, disable your device’s Wi-Fi and switch to a cellular network
  • If you’re buying something or filling out a form, make sure the address in the browser bar starts with “https://”; look for the secure icon, which is often a padlock
  • Watch out for phishing scams, quizzes, spam, free offers, and click bait

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