FRAUD ALERT - 6/18/20
We are aware of a scam in which fraudsters have been sending out counterfeit cashier’s checks and money orders that appear to be issued by MIT Federal Credit Union. If you received one of these checks as payment for service as a mystery shopper, it is a scam. Do not deposit the check at your bank or credit union and do not send money to the fraudsters.
If you are a victim of this scam, please contact your bank or credit union and file a report with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.
For additional information on this type of scam, please visit www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/working-home
What are the risks associated with mobile device apps?
Applications (apps) on your smartphone or other mobile devices can be convenient tools to access the news, get directions, pick up a ride share, or play games. But these tools can also put your privacy at risk. Click here for a helpful article from the CISA and learn more about how you can avoid malicious apps and limit the information apps collect about.
Pandemic Related Scams are on the Rise
From malware-laden emails to fake donations, to scammers looking to take advantage of people waiting for stimulus checks, you need to be aware of scammers taking advantage during the current public health crisis.
Read more about coronavirus scams here.
There has also been a surge in criminal activity on mobile channels - from misinformation spread through chat groups, to malicious fake coronavirus tracking apps that can take control of your phone, and phony government relief scam texts. The following PDF infographic outlines some some of the types of scams you should be on the lookout for: Coronavirus Mobile Scam Alert
Just remember, be cautious and...
Never click on links from texts or emails you weren’t expecting.
Be wary of anything that triggers your emotions, good or bad.
Avoid clicking on links in WhatsApp or other channels.
Only trust reputable sources and if in doubt, verify.
Additional Fraud Awareness Information
Warning Signs: That's a SCAM!
The more educated we all are, the more aware you'll be if you happen to come across a scam or attempt of someone trying to steal your identity, finances, or other personal information.
Stay on top of all the recent scams reported to the FTC here.