November 15-21, 2020 is Fraud Awareness Week. Unfortunately, during times of emergencies (including international pandemics) fraud attempts will increase. Scammers use these uncertain and vulnerable times to attempt to steal your data, identity, or money. In order to help you protect your information, here are some important tips to consider:
- Do not disclose personal or financial account information via email and be wary of emails asking you to click a link to log in to your account.
- Most companies will not call you directly and ask for your username, password, personal identification number (PIN) or other account information. If you aren’t sure about the call, hang up and call the company directly to ask about the inquiry.
- Be cautious of incoming text messages that ask you to click on a link. In the same light, most companies will not ask you for account information via text. CALL the business from a verified phone number to ask them if they are asking for this information.
- Browse the internet safely and be aware before clicking on links or downloading materials.
- Thoroughly review your financial accounts on a regular basis to ensure all transactions are authorized.
- Verify the authenticity of charitable organizations prior to making donations.
- Microsoft or other computer software providers do not call asking to have access to your computer for updates.
- Make sure your contact information is up to date with BankWest – log in to your online banking and verify under “Settings – Profile”
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