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Beware Malware Scams

July 7 by Maps Credit Union

Malware scams, also known as tech support scams, begin as a seemingly innocent phone call. A scammer reaches out to an individual and informs them that their computer or another device has been hacked. The caller will claim that the alleged hacker has gained access to the victim’s computer and can now do all kinds of damage. Unfortunately, if you follow the caller’s instructions, you’ll be lured into a scam. 

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Don’t Get Caught in a Grandparent Scam

May 3 by Maps Credit Union

Grandparent scams have gotten super sneaky in recent years, which makes them difficult to spot. Here’s what to know about grandparent scams and how to avoid them. 

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Don’t Get Caught in a QR Code Scam

April 18 by Maps Credit Union

Scammers are always dreaming up new ways to con people out of their money. Recently, they’ve figured out a “quick” way by hijacking QR codes. Here’s what to know about QR code scams and how to avoid them. 

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Beware of Sport Ticket Scams

April 1 by Maps Credit Union

Sport ticket scams can make the best game go foul. Here’s what to know about these scams and how to avoid them.

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How to Avoid Credit Card Fraud

January 3 by Maps Credit Union

Credit card fraud is high and with most purchases paid for with plastic, scammers have their pick of vulnerable prey. Stay safe and protect yourself and your cards from fraud with these safety measures and preventative tips: 

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Holiday Season Scams

December 2 by Maps Credit Union

‘Tis the season to be jolly! And unfortunately, ‘tis also the season for scammers to go after your hard-earned dollars. Keep your money safe by reading up on the most common scams taking place this time of year and practicing caution.

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Don’t Answer Calls from These Area Codes

November 30 by Maps Credit Union

Robocalls have got to be one the most annoying inventions of the 21st century. Unfortunately, those phone calls can do a lot more than disrupt your dinner to send you running to the phone just to hear about an offer for an extended warranty on your car. Using sophisticated spoofing methods and dogged persistence, they can swindle unsuspecting targets out of hundreds, or even thousands of dollars, using nothing but a phone. In fact, according to data from Trucaller, Americans lost close to $30 billion to phone scams in 2020.

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4 Scams to Watch Out for this Black Friday

November 12 by Maps Credit Union

Black Friday has traditionally been the day that kicks off the holiday shopping season, sending hordes of crowds surging through malls and big-box stores all over the nation. Unfortunately, it’s also been a day that kicks off the season of shopping scams. 

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All You Need to Know About Multifactor Authentication

November 1 by Maps Credit Union

In our digital world, passwords are as much a part of our lives as Netflix and Amazon. Keeping information stored in dozens of accounts across the web can make it easier to stay on top of your finances, order a new pair of jeans or even schedule a dentist appointment. Unfortunately, though, passwords can be relatively easy for scammers to hack, opening the door for identity theft, credit card fraud and more.

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Your Complete Guide to Secure Mobile Banking

September 1 by Maps Credit Union

In response to the rise of mobile banking scams, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently published new guidance on unauthorized electronic funds transfers, or EFTs. With more people using electronic banking as a holdover from pandemic times, it’s important for consumers to be aware of its vulnerabilities and how to protect themselves from scams. Here’s what you need to know about the risks of mobile banking and how to stay safe.

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