TopLine Federal Credit Union is committed to arming you with the tools and information you need to protect yourself. Check out the most common financial scams and learn how to recognize the warning signs to avoid being a victim.
78% of all scams start with a phone call!
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Scams
1. Donating in Difficult Times
During these times, many people want to do something to help those in need and make a difference so they donate money to causes. As always, scammers will be there, so before you make a donation here are a few things to note:
- Consider How You Pay.
Legitimate charities won’t ask for payment by cash, money transfer, gift cards or bitcoin. This is how scammers ask you to pay. If someone asks for a donation in those forms, consider donating elsewhere.
- Research Organizations and Crowdfunding.
Check out where your money is going to see if it is an actual organization/crowdfunding page. Make sure your money is really supporting the people or causes you want.
- If Someone Rushes You, Slow Down.
If someone contacts you pressuring you to donate, it’s more than likely a scam. Scammers want to get your money as soon as they can.
TopLine will never contact you to ask for your personal information.
Be aware of those that contact you via phone, email, text or mail and ask for your identifying information, like account numbers, PINs, CVV security codes, social security numbers, DOB; most likely this has the potential of being a scam. If you have questions or feel like you have been scammed, please contact us immediately at 763-391-9494 or if after hours, please call the number on the back of your debit or credit card.