• How to avoid holiday scams

    Common scams that pop up during the holiday season

     

    The holidays are a time of joy, celebration, and gathering with family, friends, and neighbors. However, fraudsters also look forward to the holidays for different reasons. For them, the holidays are just brimming with opportunities.

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    How to avoid holiday scams
  • Refund Scam

    Refund Scam

    What is a refund scam?

     

    You may be familiar with the idea of a refund scam if you've sold goods online before. In this setup, someone typically "overpays" you for an item and claims that it was an accident. When you send them the extra money back to correct the "error," they cancel the original payment and thus steal your money.

    Tech support refund scams follow a similar setup. Let's walk through how malicious individuals have set them up, so you don't fall victim to this.

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  • Sweetheart Scams

    A sweetheart scam occurs when a victim is romanced though online dating sites or social media networks, then manipulated into sending funds to fraudsters or giving them account access.

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    Sweetheart Scams
  • Work from home scams

    Work from home scams

    Scams targeting jobseekers are increasing. Now it is even easier for scammers to target people who are looking for work, using newer tools such as phony websites, unsolicited emails, robocalls and cold calls using faked origin phone numbers, remote interviews using tools such as Skype, social media, instant messenger services, Internet pop-up ads, and more.

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  • 3 Tips for giving safely

    There are many ways to support causes that are close to your heart and align with your values. If you choose to donate money to charity, here are some tips to ensure your dollars make the impact you intend.

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    3 Tips for giving safely
  • How to Spot a Credit Repair Scam

    How to Spot a Credit Repair Scam

    Having good credit can simplify your financial life. Paying bills on time and keeping credit balances low often results in fewer hassles and significant cost savings. Consumers with good credit typically have access to low-interest rate credit cards, deposit-free mobile service contracts, and smaller security deposits for housing rentals.

     

    On the flip side, the financial lives of consumers with poor credit can get thorny. Poor credit not only makes it more challenging to obtain the same approvals, scammers offer credit repair “solutions” that only make matters worse.

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  • Best Practices: Digital Banking Security Measures to Keep Your Data Safe

    It doesn’t matter how small your business is; keeping your company financials safe is vital, especially today. Every year, small and large businesses lose about 5% of their revenue to fraud, and there’s no evidence that it’s slowing. The moment you think your business is protected, along comes a new scam or phishing method or something else that sets spidey-senses tingling, not in a good way.

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    Best Practices: Digital Banking Security Measures to Keep Your Data Safe
  • How Student Loan Scams Work

    How Student Loan Scams Work

    Student loan repayment is making headlines — and so are student loan scams. Whether it’s federal extended repayment pauses, loan forgiveness programs, or other forms of student debt relief, borrowers are likely to click through for details. While student loan borrowers are eager to learn ways to trim their debt, scammers are eager to get information from them to fatten their wallets.

     

    You can outsmart these bad actors by understanding how student loan scams work.

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  • Put These Hot Weather Scams on Ice

    This summer is a scorcher. But it’s not just rising inflation trying to burn a hole in your wallet — it’s those sleazy scammers. As you lower your guard while on vacation or relaxing at the beach, fraudsters are turning up the heat on their hot weather scams. Stay cool and put their attempts on ice by learning about these cons that pick up during summer break.

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    Put These Hot Weather Scams on Ice
  • Stay Safe When Buying a Home: Common Scams Targeting Consumers

    Stay Safe When Buying a Home: Common Scams Targeting Consumers

    Because homes are a high-value purchase, shopping for one or looking for a refinance deal can bring scammers out of the woodwork. A little knowledge of some common scams will help you protect yourself. Here are the things to look out for.

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  • Security tips for kupuna and caregivers

    Many of us will need assistance as we age. Here are some tips for protecting your loved ones’ finances.

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    Security tips for kupuna and caregivers
  • Why It's Easy to Fall for the Free Gift Scam

    Why It's Easy to Fall for the Free Gift Scam

    Text message scams aren't new. But a fresh twist on an old scheme is making the rounds as fraudsters collect financial details and other personal data from unsuspecting victims. Crooks use this information to empty bank accounts, make fraudulent charges on debit and credit cards, and steal identities. Fortunately, the more you know about how this scam works, the less likely you are to fall for it.

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  • Protect Your Elders from Scams

    Unfortunately, many scammers target older adults because they may have large sums of money saved, and they may not be as savvy online or over the phone. In fact, Hawaii’s elderly lost $5.4 million to fraud and scams in 2020.

    So, how can we keep our kupuna safe from fraud? A combination of education and oversight will be your best option.

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    Protect Your Elders from Scams
  • Never share your Digital Banking password

    Never share your Digital Banking password

    You probably wouldn’t hand your wallet over to just anyone who asks. Did you know that when you share your Digital Banking login credentials, it’s very similar?

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  • Avoid tax scams

    It’s tax season. That means you’re gathering paperwork, filling out forms, sending items to your tax preparer, and dodging the scammers trying to take advantage of you. 

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    Avoid tax scams
  • 6 Safe shopping tips

    6 Safe shopping tips

    Physical health and safety has been top-of-mind when out shopping this year. While it’s smart to continue to use contactless payments at the store, don’t forget the basics about protecting your money when shopping, no matter where you are.

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  • 8 Ways to protect your debit card from fraud

    Here are some proven ways to protect your debit card from fraudulent activity and safeguard your hard-earned cash.

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    8 Ways to protect your debit card from fraud
  • Two Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency scams trending on social media

    Two Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency scams trending on social media

    Beware of these two new Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency scams trending on social media that are affecting unsuspecting consumers. 

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  • 5 Steps to take if you discover fraud

    Scammers are skillful at getting people to trust them with their money and personal information. They’ll bombard you with calls, texts, or emails promising you the world, or pretend to help you out of a (made up) sticky situation. But all they want is your money and private information. They are out to steal your account numbers, passwords, or Social Security numbers.

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    5 Steps to take if you discover fraud
  • How to stay secure while shopping online

    How to stay secure while shopping online

    To help protect your identity and practice safer online security measures, here are some tips when shopping online

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  • Keep your accounts safe with a digital identity app

    A digital identity offers two-way security. It's one thing to verify who you are with login credentials and one-time-use passcodes, but how do you also know the website or the person on the other end is who they claim to be? 

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    Keep your accounts safe with a digital identity app