Our parents were right: Safety first. Especially when it comes to financial information. Fortunately we’ve got all the measures in place to keep your funds safe and secure, and plenty of helpful tips to share.
Here’s how you can protect yourself from financial and identity theft.
Hello, summer. Goodbye, scammers.
Summer is here! With things reopening, kids getting out of school, and days lasting longer, this summer promises, we hope, some much-needed relaxation, adventure, and a chance to reconnect with family and friends.
The Federal Trade Commission is kicking off summer safety by sharing ways to make your summer season as enjoyable and safe as possible. Unfortunately, scammers love summer, too, and they’re not taking any time off. So pack your sunscreen, but leave the SPFs (scams, phonies, and frauds) behind.
The Federal Trade Commission offers ideas for taking scam-free vacations by learning to avoid the latest travel and rental car scams, timeshare and customer review scams, and family emergency scams. And if you’ve spotted a scam this summer, be sure to share it with your family and friends so they can protect themselves, too. People who know about scams are more likely to be able to avoid them.
As you think about what your summer holds, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Never pay for “prize” vacations. No legitimate company will ask you to pay for a prize.
- Use a credit card, if possible, for your travel spending. This gives you more protection than paying by cash or debit card — and it may be easier to dispute unauthorized charges.
- Subscribe to Consumer Alerts to keep up to date on the latest scams. Then pass them on.
To learn more about scam prevention, visit the Federal Trade Commission website.
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