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Beware of the Google Voice scam
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Beware of the Google Voice scam

If there’s one constant among scammers, it’s that they’re always coming up with new schemes, like the Google Voice verification scam. Have you heard about it? Here’s how it works. Scammers target people who post things for sale on sites like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. They also prey on people who post looking for help...

How to recognize a phone scam
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How to recognize a phone scam

Telephone scammers impersonate people they believe you know or trust. They pretend to be attorneys, police officers, creditors, and even credit union representatives by spoofing phone numbers from known sources. It may even look like a credit union number on your caller ID screen. The con artist claims there is a time-sensitive issue that requires...

Fraud prevention begins with awareness
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Fraud prevention begins with awareness

Keeping your financial and personal information secure is a top priority at DuTrac. From text alerts for our checking account debit cards, to credit cards with chip-enhanced technology, we are constantly working to provide the latest fraud protection tools and services. DuTrac Community Credit Union will never: call, email, or text asking you to provide your online...

Secure your accounts and devices
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Secure your accounts and devices

By making a few changes to your devices and accounts, you can maintain security against outside parties’ unwanted attempts to access your data, as well as protect your privacy from those you don’t consent to sharing your information with. Follow these simple steps to protect yourself and your information online. Keep Your Account Secure Never...

Don’t fall for the imposter scam
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Don’t fall for the imposter scam

What the imposter looks like: Someone asks you to buy gift cards or send money How the imposter convinces you to send money: A scammer might use different ways to convince you to send money. The scammer might say: There is a security problem with your computer You owe taxes to the IRS You won...

Webcam hacked? Who could be spying on you?
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Webcam hacked? Who could be spying on you?

It is easier and more common that you think.  Any device you use that has a camera could be taken over: your computer, tablet, and smartphone are all at risk. How do they gain access? Webcams are an amplified risk because they can record video without users being aware. This is called webcam hacking or is also...

Be alert for money mule scams
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Be alert for money mule scams

Here’s how they work: Someone might offer you a job. Or say you’ve won a sweepstakes. Or start an online relationship with you. Whatever the story, next they want to send you money – and then ask you to send it on to someone else. They often say to wire the money or use gift...

Phishing scams and how to spot them
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Phishing scams and how to spot them

In this scam, you receive a pop up, an email or text message or even a phone call that appears to be from a legitimate company or financial institution, asking you to “update” or “verify” personal information. In one of the variations, you might receive an email that appears to be from the IRS about...

Investment scams and what to know
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Investment scams and what to know

Because you might be planning for retirement, several investment scams have targeted individuals looking to safeguard their cash. From pyramid schemes, like the one that made Bernie Madoff infamous, to stories of a Nigerian prince looking for a partner to claim inheritance money, investment schemes have long been a successful way to take advantage of...

Buyer Beware: Homeowner Scams
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Buyer Beware: Homeowner Scams

Scammers like to take advantage of people who own their homes. Unfortunately, this valuable asset increases the potential dollar value of specific scams. Scammers send personalized letters to different properties, apparently on behalf of the County Assessor’s Office. The letter, made to look official but displaying only public information, identifies the property’s assessed value and...