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Stay Safe From Holiday Scams this Season
November 18, 2022
With the volume of holiday shopping on the rise this time of year, Centier Bank would like to remind everyone to remain vigilant when you are browsing or shopping online.
Cybercriminals become very active during the holiday seasons emailing fake coupons, e-cards, advertisements and shipping notifications that contain malicious links. They may also spoof email messages and create phony posts on social media sites asking for your support for fraudulent causes.Cybercriminals have also begun creating and distributing fake mobile apps to victims during the holidays. These are seasonal games and apps promising the biggest shopping deals.
Here are some pointers to not be a victim:
- If it is "too good to be true", it probably is.
- Hover over links to see their target destination.
- Do not follow unsolicited links and don’t download attachments from unknown sources.
- Do not download apps which are not in the iTunes/Android marketplace
- If in doubt about a charity visit the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Information page on current charity scams.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation lays out even more detailed tips on how to avoid holiday scams here.
As a reminder, Centier Bank will never ask you to enter account information without the proper security. Visit centier.com/security for security information, recommendations, and tips. If you have received a message from Centier asking you to enter personal information, such as your debit card number, user login, or password, please contact our Client Service Center at 1-888-CENTIER.
We wish everyone a safe and happy upcoming holiday season!