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Consumers increasingly rely on computers and the Internet for everything from shopping and communicating to banking and bill paying. While the benefits of faster and more convenient “cyber” services are clear, the strategies for preventing online fraud and theft may not be as well-known by many bank customers.
American Banker’s Association is part of a Consumer Federation of America task force that launched a campaign to combat fake check scams. This website describes the most common fake check scams and provides interviews with victims. The most common scams involve sweepstakes, lotteries, grants and work-at-home opportunities.
Provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, securing your computer, and protecting your personal information.
The sooner you find out, and begin damage control, the better off you’ll be. IdentityTheft.gov, a new website, offers step-by-step checklists of what to do right away, and what to do next, depending on the information that’s been stolen or exposed. It lists warning signs indicating your identity was stolen, and gives websites and phone numbers for organizations you’ll need to reach. And, it has sample letters for disputing fraudulent charges, correcting information in your credit reports, and getting business records relating to the theft.
Check out IdentityTheft.gov, bookmark it, and print out the checklists, as your first line of defense against identity theft.” Information Provided by
Watch a video from FDIC on identity theft, protecting your information and what to do if you are a victim.
Fight identity theft by monitoring and reviewing your credit report. This central site allows you to request a free credit file disclosure once every 12 months.
Foreclosure Prevention – This FDIC web page provides quick access to several resources to help homeowners, community stakeholders and the banking industry to help prevent unnecessary foreclosures and stop foreclosure “rescue”scams that promise false hope to consumers at risk of losing their homes.