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Don’t Fall Victim to a Phishing Scam

Phishing scams can take many forms. Sometimes scammers use fraudulent emails or texts or mimic websites that you trust to get you to share confidential, personal information – like account numbers, Social Security Numbers, or usernames and passwords. Phishing scammers usually give their targets a false sense of security because they make the text message, email, or website look like one the victim is familiar with. Worst of all, they usually make the message seem extremely urgent or there will be negative consequences.

Protect yourself by following the tips below:

Improve Your New Computer’s Security

Did you receive a new computer this holiday season? It’s important to properly configure your home computer before connecting it to the internet to keep it, and your information, secure. Because we input and view so much personally identifiable information on computers, it’s very important to maintain computer security.

The following are important tips that can help to make your computer more secure. When used together, these practices will strengthen your computer’s security and help minimize threats:

Thinking About a Career in Cybersecurity?

If you’re a recent graduate have you considered a career as a cybersecurity professional? There is currently a huge demand for people training in cybersecurity and you can work almost anywhere in the world. Keep reading to find out if this career is right for you.

Make Your Passwords Simple and Secure

Establishing strong passwords is one of the best ways to keep your account information safe. If you aren’t sure how to create secure passwords or need help keeping track of all the different passwords you have, read these tips.

 

Top 7 Tips to Stay Secure on Your Summer Vacations

Summer vacations are right around the corner! Since digital threats can follow us everywhere make sure you keep your guard up so cyber criminals don’t spoil your well-deserved (and much needed) vacation!

Make sure your devices and web browsers are up-to-date 
WHY: To stay protected against all kinds of threats, make sure your laptops, smartphones, and other devices have the most current software before leaving for vacation. 

How to Safely Dispose of Your Mobile Device

Are you thinking of replacing your phone? Maybe it’s time for an upgrade, or maybe you just like having the newest technology in the palm of your hands. No matter what, you’ll need to know what to do with your old device to safeguard your personal information. 
Since we use our phones so much, there is a lot of personal data on these devices – maybe even more than you realize – including:

SEFCU OnLine Security

When using SEFCU OnLine, it is important that you feel confident that your account information is safe and secure. Because security is SEFCU’s top priority, we have many features in place to help protect your account. It is also important that you are aware of the security measures that you should follow. Below, we have identified the security features in place and provided some tips about how you can protect your account.

Don’t Fall for this Mortgage Scam

If you receive a letter from Nationwide Biweekly Administration, please know that it is not endorsed by SEFCU. We did not provide this company with your sensitive information, including your loan number, loan amount or Social Security Number.

If you’re interested in making your mortgage payments more affordable, please call our Member Solutions Center at 800-727-3328. 

 

Prevent Identity Theft

Did you know you’re more likely to have your identity stolen offline than online? Your information can be in jeopardy through:

Beware the Jury Duty Scam

The phone rings. You answer and someone claiming to be a jury coordinator tells you there’s a warrant out for your arrest because you didn’t show up for jury duty.

Do they have your attention?

“Demand Drafts:" What You Need to Know

Usually, demand drafts are perfectly legal. These checks are generated by a third party (no signature required) and can be used to pay a bill. For example, if you buy something over the phone, you may be able to authorize the seller to take the money out of your checking account through a demand draft.

So how does this affect you? Criminals have figured out how to use demand drafts to pay for their purchases on your dime.

Seller Beware

If you’ve posted something for sale on the internet, watch out for potential “buyers” out to get your money.

Here’s the scenario: A buyer contacts you and says a friend owes him money, which he’ll use to buy your item. The “friend” sends YOU a cashier’s check worth more than the item you’re selling. You’re asked to cash the check, keep what the buyer owes you, and wire the buyer the remaining funds. Unfortunately, that cashier’s check is fake.

Top Three Internet Scams

Romance

Scammers have entered the online dating world and chat rooms, in the hopes of sweet-talking you out of your money. Make sure you verify profiles and don’t give out any of your personal details online.

 

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Guard Your Computer

Scammers have come up with another way to get to your money: through your computer. This fraud usually begins with a phone call saying your computer needs to be serviced, and that their company can handle the situation by remotely accessing your computer. Once you let them in, they aren’t actually able to help you, so they offer to refund what you’ve paid them. The catch? They over-refund you, then ask you to repay that overage. Unfortunately, that “refund” never made it to your account.

Protect Against Spyware

Are you seeing more pop-up ads on your computer? Have your settings changed, and you can’t reset them? Does your Web browser have components you don’t remember downloading? Is your computer slower than ever? You may have unwittingly downloaded spyware.

Online Donations

Online donations can be an effective way to help those in need. To make sure your money is going where you intended, follow these tips:

Suspicious Emails

Is your inbox full of crazy claims? Scammers have become pretty sophisticated when it comes to getting your attention - and - your sensitive information.

Keep your guard up, especially if you receive an email for:

Sound Too Good to be True?

You know what we’re going to say here: It probably is!

The odds of you having unclaimed money out there, or having won an international lottery are slim. Red flags include:

Tips to Protect Your Smartphone

 


Security Tips


With smartphones playing a critical role in our everyday lives, personal security is becoming increasingly important. Mobile security is more advanced than ever before, but scammers are also getting smarter in their tactics. 

Make Sure Your Vacation is Scam Free!

 


Security Tips


As you start to count down the days until you hit the beach or travel abroad for your summer vacation, make sure you are taking steps to ensure that your dream vacation doesn’t become a nightmare.

 

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