Know what to look for. Familiarize yourself with different types of fraud.
- Identity theft
- Elder abuse
- Check fraud
- Phishing scams (sent through email, text messages, or by phone call)
- Romance scams
- Mystery shopping programs
Strangers aren’t the only ones committing crimes. Fraudsters can also be identified as someone close to you like a friend, family member, or a caregiver.
Review sender information and avoid interacting with unwarranted messages that encourage you to click on a link. Examples include:
- Emails that jeopardize a friend or coworkers email address to trick you into clicking a link.
- Spoofed website URLs that include symbols and spelling within the web address.
- Text requests that appear to come from a trusted source, asking you to click on an unknown link.
- Messaging that states your package has shipped or that your order is ready for pick up, prompting you to click for confirmation.
Be proactive. Put up a defense against fraud by enabling account alerts and changing your passwords frequently. Additional ways to better protect yourself include:
- Update your passwords regularly.
- Set up push alerts with your account, online and mobile banking
- Think before you click or respond to messages you’re unsure about.
- Review your statements
- Utilize a BOS Checking Plus account so that you have an extra layer of security.
Committing a fraud or scam is a crime. Make sure to file a report with your local police non-emergency line if you suspect you are a victim and need additional resources.