September 11, 2017

Equifax Data Breach

As most of you have probably heard on the news, yet another large company has had a data breach. This time it is Equifax, which is one of the three large Credit Reporting Bureaus. The system hackers at Equifax got access to personal identifying information including social security numbers, names, dates of birth and addresses. […]

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April 10, 2017

Maintaining Data Security – important for Internet & Mobile Banking Users

Maintaining data security is important to all of us.  One step we can all take is to make ensure the latest versions of browsers are being used.  This will also help those accessing internet or mobile banking services using your internet/smart phone.   You will need to have the latest version of Internet Explorer which, as […]

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March 22, 2017

More Phone Call Scams

One of the latest scams using the telephone is for someone impersonating an employee from the US Department of Health and Human Services to call you. They say that they need to verify personal information such as date of birth, social security number, credit card or bank account information, mother’s maiden name or driver’s license […]

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September 12, 2016

If You Suddenly are “Entitled“ to a Large Amount of Money or…

If you receive a letter, phone call or e-mail telling you that you are the lucky recipient of an unexpected amount of money (it is usually a very large sum but not always), please proceed with caution. They may tell you that you have won this money, inherited it from a long lost or very […]

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July 15, 2016

Pokémon Go Phenomena

Whether you have downloaded the application and are a player yourself or you have family or friends that have done so everyone seems to be talking about Pokémon Go.  It has been talked about on the news, in the papers, on social media and over coffee or drinks with friends. It has also become a […]

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June 21, 2016

Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft

Identity Theft is a growing problem in our society. If you become a victim of Identity Theft it can cause major problems for you and cost you money, in some cases a lot of money. There are many forms of identity theft.  You can have someone steal your identity and file your income taxes and […]

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February 24, 2016

Latest Scams to Watch Out For

Your e-mails can be full of good news but they can also be full of fraud, scams and schemes. A recent e-mail the some people are getting claims to be from the Social Security Administration. The subject line says “Get Protected”. The e-mail says the Social Security Administration can help you monitor your credit report […]

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February 16, 2016

Seven Tips to Avoid Fraud During Tax Season

Seven Tips to Avoid Fraud During Tax Season   The weeks leading up to April 15 – tax deadline day – are often vulnerable ones for consumers, as W-2s and tax returns containing their personal information circulate over the internet and through the mail. According to a Javelin Strategy and Research study, 12.7 million Americans […]

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February 8, 2016

Microsoft Impersonation Scam

Microsoft Impersonation Scam This is how the scam usually works: You receive an e-mail or phone call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft or a related company. They may even say that they are a relative (through e-mail). The caller tells you that your Windows based computer has a virus or some other type […]

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June 15, 2015

Mobile Phones & Mobile Banking – Are they secure?

Initially people bought their first mobile phone so they could talk to people whenever and wherever they wanted. They couldn’t do that with their land line phone. Now mobile phones are used for much more including texting, taking pictures, looking up stuff on the internet, checking the weather, mobile banking, mapping out where they want […]

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