Protecting Yourself From Increased Summer Fraud

Published on July 25th, 2019

Summer is in full swing and as the weather warms up and you start to shop sales, go on vacation, and purchase more, credit card scams and identity theft can be more likely to happen to you. Leyden Credit Union near Northlake has some advice to keep your identity safe. 

 

Protecting Yourself From Identity Theft

Identity theft happens to millions of Americans every year, so it’s important for you to understand how to protect yourself. Here are some key tips for protecting your identity this summer and all year long:

 

  • Make sure your social security card is kept in a safe place. You don’t want to carry this around with you in your wallet or car. Be sure only to take this with you when you absolutely need it.
  • Destroy any documents that have your information on them before you toss them in the trash. Scammers looking to steal your identity will go as far as to sift through trash to find out your information.
  • Store any personal information in secure locations and make sure that your personal belongings are on you at all times. 

 

Knowing What To Look For In Online Scams

As online activity increases during the summer months, it is good to know how to spot a possible internet scam to save you from experiencing fraudulent credit card use. Here are some tips to keep you and your money safe while spending time online: 

 

  • Avoid sharing any personal information online, especially if you receive email or text alerts saying that your bank or credit union sees fraud on your account. Make sure to always contact your financial institution directly to deal with fraud issues, never do this over the internet. 
  • Never click on suspicious links or attachments. Many times, scammers will be able to utilize internet links to hack your online browser and steal your credit card information. It is important to recognize when a link does not look credible or legitimate. 
  • You should also be cautious with e-mails that look like they are from legitimate sources.  If you do not have an account with that company, there is a chance that it is a phishing scam and they are looking to get your personal information.  Do not open these e-mails. If you have questions, call the company directly.  

 

For more information on banking at Leyden Credit Union near Northlake, come in or visit our website for more information. We look forward to helping you!


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