Alerts

IC3 Issues Alert on Tech Support Fraud

Original release date: March 29, 2018

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released an alert on tech support fraud. Tech support fraud involves criminals claiming to provide technical support to fix problems that don't exist. Their methods include placing calls, sending pop-ups, engaging misleading lock screens, and sending emails to entice users to accept fraudulent tech support services. Users should not give control of their computers or mobile devices to any stranger offering to fix problems.

It's National Password Day

Today is a good day to do it. Why? It’s National Password Day. Together with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), we are sharing tips to make your passwords more secure.

Consumer alert: Phishers send fake invoices

From the FTC: Phishers send fake invoices

February 23, 2018

We’ve recently heard that scammers are recycling an old phishing attempt. In this version, scammers, posing as a well-known tech company, email a phony invoice showing that you’ve recently bought music or apps from them. The email tells you to click on a link if you did not authorize the purchase. Stop – do not click on the link. That’s the new twist on an old scam.

Tax ID Fraud Tips

 

As the 2018 tax season gets underway, Security Federal is urging all customers to take extra precaution when filing their return to prevent their exposure to tax fraud.

Take a look at our 7 Tips to Prevent Tax ID Fraud for a better understanding of how you can avoid becoming the victim of tax identity fraud. 

Tax Season W-2 Phishing Scam Surge

IRS, States and Tax Industry Warn Employers to Beware of Form W-2 Scam; Tax Season Could Bring New Surge in Phishing Scheme

 

IR-2018-8, Jan. 17, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today urged all employers to educate their payroll personnel about a Form W-2 phishing scam that made victims of hundreds of organizations and thousands of employees last year.

Make sure the website you are visiting is legit.

[WARNING] Bad guys have a new scam. They create websites that look just like the real sites from security software vendors like Symantec, McAfee, Malwarebytes, Kaspersky and others. When you search for these sites, you could very easily pick the fake site instead of the real one.

Spoof Calls

Security Federal Savings Bank is aware of automated phone calls being received saying they are calling on behalf Security Federal. Please be aware the Fraud Center calling on behalf of SFSB will never ask for any information, they will provide information to be verified. Customers will only be contacted during the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. EST and will leave an 800 number for you to call as well as a number to call collect if needed. If you have any hesitation, please call SFSB directly at 574-722-6261.

Skimming Scams

Don’t fall prey to ATM skimming scams. Scammers can quickly read a card’s information and use it to access your account fraudulently. With a small device, your card’s information gets stored so that criminals can easily get to it later. Skimmers may be installed on ATM machines or at the gas station pump, and sometimes you can’t even notice them. A small device goes over the normal card reading slot and reads your card’s magnetic stripe.

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