Be your best defense against online scams

posted September 23, 2016 in Blogs

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The bad news is that humans have become the weak link in the information chain. Breaking modern encryption algorithms takes high-powered supercomputers months, if not years. Information you intended to send being hijacked by nefarious people is a slim chance. The biggest danger is sending information to people you don’t intend to be the recipients.

That’s why scams pop up so quickly. Humans can be tricked in any number of ways. Scammers can appeal to fear, greed or sentimentality in different forms to trick information out of you. They can also rely on inattention to detail or carelessness. This is because humans have a number of built-in vulnerabilities.

You should be highly suspicious when receiving messages—via phone, e-mail, text, or otherwise—directing you to provide personal, confidential, and/or account related information. Do not give out any personal information, including account numbers and expiration dates, without knowing with whom you are speaking, especially if the contact was unsolicited or unexpected. Should you suspect that you've become a victim of fraud, or have had a suspicious experience online, by phone, or in person, please contact us immediately at 1.800.296.9064.

Additional resources are available at our Member Security area of the website.