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How to Avoid Credit Card Fraud

January 3 by Maps Credit Union

Credit card fraud is high and with most purchases paid for with plastic, scammers have their pick of vulnerable prey. Stay safe and protect yourself and your cards from fraud with these safety measures and preventative tips: 

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Don’t Answer Calls from These Area Codes

November 30 by Maps Credit Union

Robocalls have got to be one the most annoying inventions of the 21st century. Unfortunately, those phone calls can do a lot more than disrupt your dinner to send you running to the phone just to hear about an offer for an extended warranty on your car. Using sophisticated spoofing methods and dogged persistence, they can swindle unsuspecting targets out of hundreds, or even thousands of dollars, using nothing but a phone. In fact, according to data from Trucaller, Americans lost close to $30 billion to phone scams in 2020.

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4 Scams to Watch Out for this Black Friday

November 12 by Maps Credit Union

Black Friday has traditionally been the day that kicks off the holiday shopping season, sending hordes of crowds surging through malls and big-box stores all over the nation. Unfortunately, it’s also been a day that kicks off the season of shopping scams. 

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All You Need to Know About Multifactor Authentication

November 1 by Maps Credit Union

In our digital world, passwords are as much a part of our lives as Netflix and Amazon. Keeping information stored in dozens of accounts across the web can make it easier to stay on top of your finances, order a new pair of jeans or even schedule a dentist appointment. Unfortunately, though, passwords can be relatively easy for scammers to hack, opening the door for identity theft, credit card fraud and more.

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Your Complete Guide to Secure Mobile Banking

September 1 by Maps Credit Union

In response to the rise of mobile banking scams, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently published new guidance on unauthorized electronic funds transfers, or EFTs. With more people using electronic banking as a holdover from pandemic times, it’s important for consumers to be aware of its vulnerabilities and how to protect themselves from scams. Here’s what you need to know about the risks of mobile banking and how to stay safe.

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Beware the USPS Smishing Text Scam

May 3 by Maps Credit Union

Your phone pings with an incoming text. You swipe it open to find a message from the USPS. They’re texting to let you know that the scheduled delivery time for your package has been changed. Unfortunately, though, the message is not from the USPS and you’ve just been targeted by a scam.

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Beware Romance Scams

February 1 by Maps Credit Union

With COVID-19 forcing more singles to meet and date online, America’s most expensive scam is on the rise. Romance scams are all over the internet and can be difficult to spot. While the data for 2020 is not yet available, according to the FTC, Americans lost a collective $201 million to romance scams in 2019. 

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Holiday Season Scams

December 1 by Maps Credit Union

‘Tis the season to be jolly! And unfortunately, ‘tis also the season for scammers to go after your hard-earned dollars. Keep your money safe by reading up on the most common scams taking place this time of year and practicing caution.

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Beware of Coronavirus Scams

March 13 by Jennifer Schmelling

Scammers are notorious for capitalizing on fear, and the coronavirus outbreak is no exception. Showing an appalling lack of the most basic morals, scammers have set up fake websites, bogus funding collections and more in an effort to trick the fearful and unsuspecting out of their money.

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Beware Tech Support Scams

June 6 by Jennifer Schmelling

Computer on the brink? Careful who you contact to fix it! That’s because the FTC is warning of a surge in tech support scams, many of which can be difficult to spot. 

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