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Avoid Fraud this Summer with these Tips

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With summer comes vacations, day trips, updating photos on social media and, unfortunately, opportunities for fraud. We aim to provide our customers with the tools they need to protect themselves against fraudsters. Here are some common scams to be aware of this summer.

Be Careful on Social Media

Social media is a great way to share your summer adventures; however it’s important to not overshare. Posting too much about your trip before you leave allows thieves to know when your home is vacant and an easy target.

It’s important to think before you post. Avoid giving too much detail, like dates, on posts about your trip. It’s also a good idea to wait to post vacation pictures until you’re back in town. 

Beware of Card Skimmers

Are you thinking of taking a road trip this summer? One of the most common travel fraud attempts is card skimmers at gas stations. Card skimmers read the magnetic strip on your debit or credit card and transmit that information to the thieves. Recognizing a card skimmer is easy. Simply look for signs of tampering at the pump, a loose card reader or broken labels around the card reader. Learn more about card skimmers, how to recognize them and what to do if you find one here.

Charging Stations That Can Steal Your Data

Did you know information on your phone could be stolen from charging stations at airports? Fraudsters can install readers into charging stations, and, as you charge your phone, the readers steal any information stored on your phone. Instead of using a public charger, be sure to keep a charger on you at all times.

Let us know!

It’s important to let us know when you’re traveling. This will prevent any interruption in your services and help us to monitor your account for fraud. Call us at (800) 277-2175 or log in to Online Banking and send us a secure message with your card number, travel dates and the location you are traveling to ahead of time.

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