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7 Tips for Protecting Yourself Online

Though the internet has many advantages, it can also make users vulnerable to fraud, identity theft and other scams. According to a Norton Cybercrime Report, 378 million adults worldwide were victims of cybercrime in 2013. Follow these tips to keep yourself safe online:

 

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Watch for Fraudulent Cashier's Checks

Bank Forward received a call March 27 from an individual out of state who was sent a cashier’s check that appeared to be drawn on Bank Forward in response to a "Paid to Drive" offer through the internet. The payee was sent more money than he expected and was instructed to wire a portion of the funds via Western Union to an Auto Support team. The recipient thought that sounded suspicious so he called Bank Forward to verify the validity of the check. This check was fraudulent.

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Protecting Your Financial Information in a Large Scale Data Breach

Headlines about large scale data breaches can be scary, but don’t panic. There are steps you can take to protect yourself. 

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Fraud Alert

Stay on the alert for fraudulent messages on your computer.

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“One-ring” cell phone scam can ding your wallet

Who’s calling now? That number doesn’t ring a bell. Hold the phone, says the Federal Trade Commission. You could be a potential victim of the growing "one-ring” cell phone scam.