Protecting Your Finances: A Guide to Avoiding Holiday Scams
The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and unfortunately, increased financial scams. As we immerse ourselves in the festivities, cybercriminals are working tirelessly to take advantage of unsuspecting individuals. At CCB, your financial security is our top priority. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some common holiday financial scams and provide valuable tips on how to protect yourself.
Beware of Phishing:
Phishing scams are rampant during the holiday season, with fraudsters attempting to trick individuals into revealing sensitive information. Be cautious of emails, messages, or calls that claim to be from CCB, especially if they ask for personal details or prompt you to click on suspicious links. Remember, CCB will never ask for your password or other sensitive information via email or phone.
Beware of fake check scams. Here are some tips to help you identify a scam check:
- Be cautious of checks from unknown sources, especially if they are for a large amount of money.
- Verify the check’s authenticity by contacting the bank or financial institution that issued it.
- Check the check’s date, amount, and signature for any irregularities.
- Be wary of checks that require you to pay a fee or send money back to the sender.
- Do not deposit a check if you are unsure of its authenticity.
Secure Online Shopping:
As online shopping becomes more prevalent, so do scams related to it. When making online purchases, ensure you only transact on secure websites. Look for “https://” in the URL and check for the padlock icon in the address bar.
Monitor Your Accounts:
Regularly monitor your bank accounts, credit cards, and other financial statements for any unauthorized transactions. If you notice any discrepancies, contact CCB immediately. Timely reporting can help mitigate potential losses and prevent further unauthorized access to your accounts.
Use Multi-Factor Authentication:
Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) for your online accounts. MFA adds an extra layer of security by requiring you to verify your identity through multiple means, such as a password and a one-time code sent to your mobile device.
Take advantage of the educational resources available on www.countonccb.com. Learn about common scams, red flags, and best practices for protecting your financial information. Being aware of potential threats will empower you to make informed decisions and avoid falling victim to scams.
This holiday season, let’s make financial security a priority. By staying informed, practicing vigilance, and utilizing the resources provided by CCB, you can protect yourself from falling victim to holiday financial scams. Remember, at CCB, we’re committed to ensuring your financial well-being, and together, we can make this holiday season safe and joyful.