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10 Tips To Avoid Being Scammed

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We are continuing our fraud series by offering you $3 million! All you have to do is mail us all of your personal information along with a cashier’s check for a $1000 processing fee. AH! RED FLAG! ALERT! Don’t do it.

We are actually continuing our fraud series with some great tips on how to avoid dirty scams like these! Craigslist has become a very popular website for everything from renting a home to buying that nightstand you always wanted to maybe even finding your dream job. It is a very cool concept and you can actually find some hidden gems. However, please beware. It is a breeding ground for scammers waiting for you to take their bait! Contrary to what Nike might have you believe, sometimes you just shouldn’t do it. This article from scambook.com can help you detect when you might be getting scammed with 10 helpful tips: http://www.scambook.com/blog/2013/01/10-tips-to-avoid-being-scammed-on-craigslist/. Many of these tips can be applied to scam phone calls or emails, too.

Here at the credit union we have unfortunately had quite a few members who have been scammed, and all too often it could have been avoided had they asked us about it first. If you are ever unsure of a situation, please ask us or your trusted financial institution and we can discuss it with you. We’ve seen it all and are trained to detect scams of all kinds. The golden rule of Craigslist: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

 

Next time, we’ll show you what to do if you have been the target of a possible scam.

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