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Be Alert for Scams - Especially When You Least Expect it

Today’s fraudsters are progressively sophisticated in their efforts to get your money and personal details.

July 25, 2018

By: Marshalltown Staff

Scams succeed because they look like the real thing and catch you off guard. 

Scammers are looking to take advantage of anyone who recently went through a crisis or big life event such as:

  • Marriage
  • A move
  • A death in the family

The scams may come in varying forms including:

  • Fraudulent insurance checks
  • Fake vendors
  • Gift theft
  • Home invasion

When dealing with people or businesses, whether by phone, mail or email, it is important to always consider the possibility of a scam.

Tips to Stay Safe

Do not fall prey to these scams. To avoid deceitful crusades that may result in security breaches, identity theft, or financial loss, take the following steps:

  1. Do not pay up front for a promised service and do business with reputable vendors face to face. 

  2. Be cautious about what information you share on social media. Be sure to use privacy setting on all online accounts.

  3. Consider how you pay. Use a credit card to limit your liability for fraudulent charges. Click here to learn how to open a Great Western Rewards VISA®

  4. Check your bank statements regularly to look for any discrepancies.

Additional Resources

If you believe you are a victim of a scam, consider the following actions:

  • Contact Great Western Bank immediately (1-800-952-2043) and monitor any accounts that may have been compromised.

  • Watch for any unexplainable charges to your account.

  • Immediately change any passwords you might have revealed and do not use that password in the future.

  • Avoid reusing passwords on multiple sites.

Refer to the Fraud Protection Page for more detailed information on protecting yourself this season and throughout the year.

 

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