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!
1. Fake Money Offers On WhatsApp and Facebook
People have reported receiving messages on WhatsApp and Facebook that appear to be from big-name brands. These messages all offer money to people who need it and may also appear to be from a friend or contact. But they’re all fake, and not from those companies or friends at all.
2. Tech Support Scams
Scammers love to sound legit by pretending to be from a real company – say Microsoft or Apple. They’ll make your computer “problem” sound urgent, trying to get you to act before you have time to think. They’ll ask you for access to your computer, your bank or credit card number, or for money. But that’s not how real tech support works.
3. Fake Refund Calls
The FTC reached a settlement with Elite IT, who tricked people into buying expensive computer repair services. The company shut down, and its owner is banned from selling tech support services to consumers. Recently, scammers posing as Elite IT agents have been making calls. If you get a call from Elite IT - or anyone else who wants to connect to your computer - hang up and report it.
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.