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We take privacy and fraud protection very seriously, and are committed to educating our customers and community about ways they can protect themselves and help others steer clear of being a victim of financial fraud, scammers and hackers. Please help others stay in the know about financial safety. Here are some trustworthy and professional resources for learning more.

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Fraud Prevention Training & Materials

Learn how to spot and stop fraud from our experts. Download the full Fraud Prevention Training presentation and materials.

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Watch Out for Tax Scams

According to the IRS, thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams. Scammers use regular mail, telephone and email to trick individuals, businesses, payroll and tax professionals. Be aware: the IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.

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Don't Unknowingly Become a Money Mule

Money mules is a term used for people who are used by scammers to receive or move money stolen from victims of fraudulent activities. Learn some red flags to watch for that can help protect you from becoming an unaware partner in their schemes. DOWNLOAD Money Muling Red Flag Fact Sheet now.

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Fraud Education

Here are 10 ways to spot signs of fraud, and what you should do about it. Read the article here >>

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Dangers of Password Reuse

According to Google, 65% of people reuse passwords across multiple if not all sites. Learn the dangerers of doing this and some tips for keeping all your online accounts safe and secure from hackers. DOWNLOAD Dangers of Password Reuse Fact Sheet today.

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Fake Check Scams on the Rise

We continue to see more and more check scams as it gets harder and harder to spot counterfeit checks. Learn some tips to spot, avoid and report fake check scams by reading the article here >> 

 

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Avoiding Online Security Scams

Online security tips for all ages. Find great information and share with others by reading the article here >>

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FDIC Insurance Information

Learn how your deposit accounts are protected by the FDIC.

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Find FDIC-Insured Banks

Unsure of a financial institution you’ve received a check or correspondence from? Use this handy search tool to find FDIC-insured banks and branches from today, to last year, and all the way back to 1934. Open search tool >>

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Most Common Types of Fraud

This primer gives you a high-level look at the most common type of fraud, some tips for spotting and stopping them.  DOWNLOAD primer here >>

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Card Skimmer Video

Want to see how card skimmers work, how to spont them, and what to do if you encounter them. Watch the video>>

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About Identity Theft

Worried about identity theft? Learn exactly what this is, how to spot signs of identity theft attempts, what to do if this is suspected and more. Read the article here >>

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