Safeguarding Your Personal Data

Computers and the Internet have become an important part of our daily life, enabling a wide range of services to home users such as communicating with friends and family, shopping, paying bills, storing personal photos and music. This convenience and inter-connectivity does not come without risk. Potential threats include viruses that could erase your entire system . . . → Read More: Safeguarding Your Personal Data

5 Tips to Minimize the Damage of a Lost or Stolen Wallet

There aren’t too many things worse than the panicked feeling of a missing wallet or purse — especially when you’re not sure if it’s just misplaced or if it could be in the hands of a criminal. Follow these tips to help minimize the damage of a lost or stolen wallet and to give you peace . . . → Read More: 5 Tips to Minimize the Damage of a Lost or Stolen Wallet

The Paper Trail Ends: Over the Counter Sales of Savings Bonds Ends in 2011

The U.S. Department of the Treasury will end over-the-counter sales of paper savings bonds on December 31, 2011, including sales through financial institutions and applications mailed directly to the Federal Reserve Bank by customers. This move is expected to save taxpayers an estimated $70 million over the next five years.

Although paper bonds are being discontinued, electronic Series . . . → Read More: The Paper Trail Ends: Over the Counter Sales of Savings Bonds Ends in 2011

Online Safety Tips for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October marks the eighth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a national public awareness campaign that encourages consumers to protect their computers and personal information. The campaign is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

Every Internet user has a . . . → Read More: Online Safety Tips for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Safe Online Banking

Online banking makes managing money convenient for millions of American households. With a few clicks of a mouse, customers can check deposits and pay bills, saving time and giving them more control over their finances.

Banks use a combination of safeguards to protect your information, such as a employee training, strict privacy policies, rigorous security standards, encryption . . . → Read More: Safe Online Banking

Protect the Elderly from Financial Abuse

Elder financial abuse, a crime that deprives elderly people of their resources and ultimately their independence and their health, is a growing crime in America. Consider these tips to protect yourself or someone you love from elder financial abuse.

Plan ahead to protect your assets and to ensure your wishes are followed. Talk to someone at your financial . . . → Read More: Protect the Elderly from Financial Abuse

Beware of Tax Scams

As crunch time to tax day closes in, tax scams heat up. Don’t wait until the last minute to work on your taxes because rushing can lead to sloppy returns and a greater risk of falling victim to a scam. Tax scams take several shapes, ranging from promises of large tax refunds to identity theft. Here . . . → Read More: Beware of Tax Scams

Tax Time Scams

It’s tax time again. And, unfortunately, it’s the time for scams. Beware of tax scams that target you with requests claiming to be from the IRS. Always remember that your bank and other trusted financial partners will not ask for personal financial information that they already know about you. If someone contacts you demanding this type . . . → Read More: Tax Time Scams

Beware: Vishing Attacks on the Rise

Our debit card service provider, SHAZAM, has seen an increase in vishing fraud reports over the last 24 hours. Multiple reports have been from cardholders receiving automated and live telephone calls demanding account information. In at least one case, a message was left on a cardholder’s telephone, asking the cardholder to call back a toll-free telephone . . . → Read More: Beware: Vishing Attacks on the Rise

E-mail Claiming to Be From the FDIC

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has received numerous reports of a fraudulent e-mail that has the appearance of being sent from the FDIC.

The subject line of the e-mails state: “Account Insurance from FDIC” or “FDIC Insurance.” The e-mail tells recipients that their “account has been denied insurance from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation due to . . . → Read More: E-mail Claiming to Be From the FDIC