Stay Safe From COVID-19 Scammers

Stay Safe From COVID-19 Scammers

COVID-19 scammers using phishing tactics

(BPT) – While you take care to limit social interactions and wash your hands to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, you also need to take steps to protect your finances and identity. COVID-19 scammers are now taking advantage of the current pandemic to lure victims in with new phishing scams.

“We know consumers are managing their money and finances online, so it’s more important than ever to raise awareness of smart security practices,” says Vice President of Security at Navy Federal Credit Union, Chip Kohlweiler. “Being proactive and learning about your security is a great step toward keeping your accounts and information safe. There’s a good chance your bank or credit union has resources available for you to learn about how to identify View full post…

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Identity Theft – Be Very Careful

Don’t Get Caught By an Identity Thief – You Can’t Afford It

Identity theftIt seems like the number and different types of scams increase in direct proportion to the percentage of downturn in the economy. It’s either that, or we’re raising a generation of individuals with no scruples or concern for others. Just about every day, we hear of individuals who have been the victim of identity theft and the absolute mess it has made of their lives.

There are so many ways that these criminals can get access to your personal information, it’s enough to make one shudder. Unfortunately, identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in this country, however, there are a few steps that you can take that will deter them somewhat, or at least slow them down.

In 2011, there were in excess of 11,000,000 (read this eleven million) cases of identity theft in the United States with an estimated loss of $56,000,000,000 (fifty six billion dollars) When you hear what age group is hit the most and also loses the most, you may have a hard time accepting it. You, as I did, assume that senior citizens would be targeted the most, but that’s not the case…it’s the 18 to 24 year age group. They are online more and it takes them longer to realize that they have been victimized.

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