Get Informed and Be Better Protected from Fraud

Credit Score Fraud

On average, Ohioans consider themselves adept at protecting their personal information, but research suggests that may not be enough to keep identity thieves at bay. According to an Ohio Credit Union League 2019 consumer survey, about 90 percent consider themselves to be well-informed consumers when it comes to protecting themselves from identity theft. That fits with the national trend. Across the U.S., consumers have become increasingly aware that their personal information needs protection. Since stories about data breaches have become…
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Top 5 Facebook Scams

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Facebook now has over a Billion users, that’s a mind-boggling number of people who check their page regularly. The bad guys are irresistibly attracted to a population that large, and here are the Top 5 Scams they are trying to pull off every day of the year. Who Viewed Your Facebook Profile: This scam lures you with messages from friends or sometimes malicious ads on your wall to check who has looked at your profile. But when you click, your profile will be…
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Why checking your credit score can pay off

Credit Score Fraud

For many, credit scores come with judgment, risk, and security, which is why many Ohioans are paying attention to them. In an Ohio Credit Union League 2018 consumer survey, 73 percent of respondents reported checking their credit scores within the past six months. That’s compared to 18 percent who had checked within the last year, and 8 percent who’d last sought their scores more than a year ago. The average American isn’t quite as conscientious. According to a survey from…
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Online Security Tips – Beware of Friend Requests on Social Media

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The bad guys aren’t limiting their scams to just your email account – they’re attacking you via social media, too! They create a fake profile and request to be your friend, or send you a message. They come off as wanting to be friends (in some cases, maybe even more), but what they really want is your money or your friend list. With access to your friend list, the bad guys will have even more people to target. Don’t let…
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Online Security Tips – Company Size Doesn’t Matter

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Think hackers are only trying to target large corporations for their cyberattacks? Think again! If you are an employee of a small to medium size business, you may have an even bigger bullseye placed on you by hackers. Smaller businesses have recently become a bigger target for cyber attacks because the hackers know that they likely have fewer defense resources in place. According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, one in five small businesses falls victim to cybercrime each year….
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5 Steps You Can Take To Prevent Tax Identity Theft

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Tax season is prime time for criminals to steal personal data, and the National Credit Union Administration is reminding credit union members to educate themselves on how to recognize the signs of tax-related identity theft. Last year, the IRS identified 14,068 fraudulent tax returns with $918.6 million claimed in fraudulent refunds, according to an audit report from the Treasury Inspector for Tax Administration. MyCreditUnion.gov provides useful information to help members protect themselves and take action if they believe they have…
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How do merchant data breaches affect your identity?

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How do merchant data breaches affect your identity? Every year millions of Americans become victims of fraud due to merchant data breaches. And, with the recent Equifax breach, which affected 145.5 million people, chances are your information has been compromised. Although most consumers have probably only heard about a few breaches, more than 1,100 data security breaches have occurred thus far this year exposing more than 171 million data records, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. Many credit unions…
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How to Protect Yourself from the Massive Equifax Hack

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The bad news is that there’s a good chance your personal information was stolen during the massive data hack of Equifax, one of America’s three largest credit reporting agency. The thieves stole the social security numbers, dates of birth, names and addresses of 143 million Americans—that’s about 60% of the adult population of the United States.This is particularly dangerous because with that information, the thieves could steal your identity to take out new loans in your name, alter your existing…
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