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How to Spot (and Stop) Mortgage Junk Mail

Raise your hand if this sounds familiar You get the keys to your new home. There’s a stack of junk mail at your new house addressed to “Current Resident”—advertisements for home remodeling, pest control, lawn care services, etc. Then, before you can even settle on a living room layout, you start getting a different type of junk mail. Offers for...
Owning a Home Protecting Your Information

Be On the Lookout for COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

As distribution of COVID-19 vaccines ramped up throughout 2021, the piggybacking scams were right behind. After a number of coronavirus-related scams circulated throughout 2020, another round of vaccine-related scams surfaced in 2021—some of which are  ongoing . Scammers are relentless, becoming more sophisticated, and have a singular goal to...
Protecting Your Information

How to Ensure Your Accounts Are Safe

Living in the digital age, it’s all too common to find out your accounts have been compromised. If it hasn’t happened to you, you likely know someone who has—whether it be Facebook, email, online banking, or really any other online account with a login. Luckily, there are ways to mitigate the damage while jump-starting your recovery process. If...
Protecting Your Information

10 Tips for Fortifying Your Passwords and Usernames

Many of us know not to include sensitive information, like our Social Security number or birthday, in our logins (and if you didn’t know, now you do!). But that’s just the most basic step you can take to keep your information safe from would-be fraudsters. Specific username and password rules can differ from website to website, but these five...
Protecting Your Information

Defending Against Identity Theft and Credit Fraud

When an individual’s identity is stolen, the victim’s financial health can be damaged and can take months, or even years, to repair. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent yourself from becoming the next victim. Sign up for SELCO Online Banking . Once you’re set up, enable  online banking alerts . With these settings enabled, you’l...
Protecting Your Information

Popular Holiday Scams (and How To Avoid Them)

Ah, the holidays … a time for sharing, celebrating, and adding to your credit card statements. It’s also when scammers looking for personal information step up their game. As much as we look forward to the holidays, scammers enjoy this time of year even more. After all, it’s natural to let your security slip a little when you’re busy and spendin...
Protecting Your Information

Protect Yourself from Unemployment Scams

The figure is staggering: Nearly 47 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic—a number greater than the combined population of 23 states. Piggybacking this crisis are scammers lined up to take advantage. According to a recent report from the Inspector General of the U.S. Labor Department,...
Planning Your Future Protecting Your Information

Friendly Warning: Tax Season Is ‘Fraud’ Season

Tax season fraud and malware campaigns have a seemingly endless number of ploys, often using flagrantly aggressive tactics, like applying threats and an extreme urgency to act or face fines, imprisonment, or legal action. Not surprisingly, a big focus in fiscal year 2021 (spanning October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021) was again COVID-19-relate...
Protecting Your Information

Stay (Financially) Safe During the Holidays

One of the many negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is a troublesome disruption in the global supply chain. As the world economy slowly recovers, an unfortunate side effect is that consumer demand is rising, further  stressing the supply chain . Despite the supply chain challenges, the holiday shopping season isn’t expected to suffer. In...
Protecting Your Information

This Fall, Don’t Fall: Passwords and Phishing and Romance, Oh My!

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a fantastic time to review a few long-standing threats to the safety of your personal and financial information online. Let’s get started! The perils of repurposing passwords Passwords are now used to protect access to an unprecedented number of websites. In 2021, the average person uses between 80 to 100...
Protecting Your Information
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