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Scam Update: Unemployment Fraud

IDENTITY THEFTThroughout the COVID-19 pandemic, scammers have been stealing personal information from individuals and then filing and claiming unemployment benefits in that individual’s name. Victims of these unemployment scams are often just now learning about this identity theft, as unemployment agencies are sending tax forms (1099-G) for income tax filing. If you received a 1099-G

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Secret Sister: An Illegal Pyramid Scheme

How it plays out:The “Secret Sister” gift exchange seems like a fun way to spread cheer within the social media-verse, but it’s actually an illegal pyramid scheme, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS). Akin to old-timey chain letters, the Secret Sister gift exchange asks participants to buy a gift of at least $10

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COVID-19 Scams: Updates & Reminders

ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENT SCAMS – TEXTScammers are texting taxpayers and trying to trick them into disclosing bank account information or other personal identifying information under the guise of receiving an Economic Impact Payment. The scam text message states: “You have received a direct deposit of $1,200 from COVID-19 TREAS FUND. Further action is required to accept

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Five Steps to Take After Being Hacked

Uh oh — you’ve been hacked! Finding out someone has cracked open your accounts and helped themselves to your information can be alarming, but there are ways to mitigate the damage while jump-starting your recovery process. Here are five steps to take after being hacked: Step 1: Assess the damage First, determine the damage. Unfortunately, one

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Beware of Debt-Collection Scams

Don’t be the next victim of a debt-collection scam! Here’s all you need to know about these scams: HOW THE SCAMS PLAY OUT In a debt-collection scam, a caller claiming to represent a debt-collection agency demands immediate payment for an alleged outstanding debt. The caller insists on specific means of payment and may threaten to

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How Can You Protect Yourself from Payment-App Scams

Payment apps allow users to send payments to almost anyone, making it easy to split the tab at a shared meal, buy a present for a mutual friend, and quickly pay back a small loan. Unfortunately, though, scammers are using these apps to cheat people out of their money. Here’s all you need to know

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Social Media & Cyber-Scams

Fake Grant ScamsScammers are hacking into people’s Facebook accounts and are messaging their friends and family claiming they are eligible for free grants. The message may come from a newly-acquired friend, a family member, or even a long-time friend, and details information on free grant money from the government.  The message may reference others, specifically those already

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Updated Scam Information: Unemployment Scams & Jobseeker Scams

With unemployment skyrocketing due to the pandemic, scammers are trolling for your personal information to steal your benefits and identity. Learn how to spot them and how to stay safe! UNEMPLOYMENT SCAMSScammers file unemployment claims in someone else’s name to collect benefits, or they claim to be employed at businesses where they have never held

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How to Recognize and Protect Yourself from Scams

Scammers always try to con victims out of their information and money. They also tend to prey on the most susceptible victims, including those who are down on their luck or are exceptionally naïve and trusting. DoverPhila Federal Credit Union’s biggest priority is your financial wellness, and that includes keeping you and your money safe.

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DoverPhila Presents Master Your Money Series with Area Organizations

DoverPhila Federal Credit Union is partnering with OhioMeansJobs Tuscarawas County and the United Way of Tuscarawas County, Inc. to host “Master Your Money: Four-Part Series.” “Master Your Money” is a financial workshop that focuses on introducing easy, straightforward methods to help individuals reach their financial goals. The workshop is scheduled for August and September at

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Elder Abuse—Do You Know the Signs and How to Help?

Ohioans may not have a clear grasp of the prevalence of financial exploitation and abuse of elderly adults. According to an Ohio Credit Union League 2019 consumer survey, 67 percent of Ohioans say they’ve never known an elderly person who has been the victim of some kind of elderly abuse. Elder abuse refers to any

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Seven Ways to Avoid Getting Scammed on Craigslist

The arrival of warm weather and the deep house cleaning it inspires means more people are selling their old furniture, devices, sports equipment, and clothing. That’s why the amount of items like these on sites like Craigslist swells considerably during this season. There are wonderful treasures to be found, if you have the time and

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Common Scams to Watch for After the Holidays

The mad holiday rush may be over, but scammers aren’t slowing down. The post-holiday weeks bring an increase in scams that, unfortunately, are quite believable during this time of year. Don’t be the victim of a post-holiday scam! Read on to learn about the common ways fraudsters seek to dupe consumers after the holidays: Gift-picking. You

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Don’t Be A Victim of Social Security Fraud

Any of the hundreds of scams around today can make you feel like we live in a world gone mad. How cruel can someone be to con a poor victim out of thousands of dollars? But one of the most heartless scams making the rounds is the one targeting the elderly who depend on Social Security

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5 Scams to Avoid on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday can be great fun – but they can also put you at great risk. Scams abound on the weekend that heralds the holiday shopping season, and you don’t want a phishing scheme or a bogus bargain to turn you into a Grinch.  Here are five scams to look out for

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Fake Check Scams on the Rise

In early September, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) released a report warning about a spike in fake check scams across the country. While these scams are not new, their occurrence rate has doubled over the last three years and is up 12% from 2017.  The BBB further announced that billions of dollars in fake checks

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Staying Safe Online

With the average American spending 24 hours a week online, internet safety is more important than ever. A hacked or compromised computer can put you at risk for money loss, phishing scams, or even complete identity theft. If your computer’s security has been breached, then it can be turned into a “middle man” for online

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Debit Card Safety

How do you pay for your purchases? It may be instinct for you to pull out any piece of plastic without thinking, but your random card of choice might not be the safest way to pay. Let’s explore when and how to use your debit card.  Credit and debit: How are they different? Appearances aside, your credit

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How Do Merchant Data Breaches Affect Your Identity?

Every year millions of Americans become victims of fraud due to merchant data breaches. And, with the recent Equifax breach, which affected 145.5 million people, chances are your information has been compromised.  Although most consumers have probably only heard about a few breaches, more than 1,100 data security breaches have occurred thus far this year

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Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week Aims to Educate Consumers about Scams

Identity theft is a serious crime. When a thief obtains your personal information such as your mother’s maiden name, your date of birth, or your account number, they can open fraudulent credit cards, charge existing credit cards, write share drafts, open share accounts, or obtain new loans – but did you know they can also

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