Coronavirus Email and Donation Scams

Security and Scams

With the current state of the Coronavirus, there are already scams trying to get donations and sending spam emails. Opening a spam email installs malware to get sensitive information off of your computer. Keep an eye out for email subjects like “How to protect yourself from COVID-19.” With people worrying about how to protect themselves, this is an easy way …

Beware The 2020 Census Scam!

Security and Scams

We have answered all your questions about the 2020 census! Every 10 years, the Census Bureau makes an effort to count every person living in the U.S. Though the process won’t start until mid-March 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is already warning of scammers exploiting the process to con you out of your sensitive information. That’s why it’s important …

Beware The Fake Check Scam Targeting College Students

Security and Scams

There’s recently been an uptick in fake check scams targeting new college students. Young adults make excellent targets. In fact, according to the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust, consumers ages 18 to 24 are three times more likely than seniors to fall prey to a scam. Also, the BBB’s ScamTracker Risk Report of 2018 found that 41.6% of students reported …

Don’t Get Scammed By Santa!

Security and Scams

One of the oldest holiday scams, which is even more prevalent in the age of the internet, is the letter from Santa scam. Here’s all you need to know about this Christmas-themed scheme. How it plays out In this ruse, scammers set up bogus websites where parents can order legitimate-looking letters from Santa for their children. The cost is less …

6 Ways To Spot A Payday Loan Scam

Security and Scams

Payday loan scams may seem like old news, but they’re more common than ever. In fact, in 2018, the FTC paid a total of $505 million to more than one million victims of payday loan scams. In this scam, a caller claiming to represent a collection agency who is acting on behalf of a loan company tells victims they must …

6 Misleading Advertising Ploys To Beware Of This Black Friday

Security and Scams

You deserve to find fantastic deals this Black Friday.  Here at Directions Credit Union, we hate to see your money go to waste.  That’s why we’ve put together a list of misleading advertising schemes you may come across when hunting for deals this Black Friday. 1. Very limited quantities That $200-off supersized TV screen coupon that just landed in your …

Financial Safety On Dating Sites

Security and Scams

Meeting new people is difficult for many adults. Fortunately, though, there’s the internet. Dating sites like eHarmony and Match.com make it easier than ever to find other people who are looking for the same thing you seek. Unfortunately, that same ease of connection makes online dating sites a haven for scammers. Using the information you provide, they can craft a …

4 Vacation Scams To Watch For This Summer And How To Avoid Them

Security and Scams

Before heading out on your summer vacation, read through our list of four common vacation scams and learn how to avoid them. You don’t want to take a permanent vacation from your hard-earned money! 1. The bogus prize vacation In this scam, you’ll receive a notification via snail mail, phone call or email, that you’re the lucky winner of a …

8 Ways To Spot A Home Improvement Scam

Security and Scams

If you’re hiring a contractor to make improvements on your home, be alert! Home improvement scams are more common than you may think, and they can cost you a lot. Read on for 8 ways to spot a home improvement scam. 1. The contractor insists on being paid upfront Be wary of any contractor demanding that you pay most of …

DCU Fraud Policy Overview: Debit/Credit Card Data Breaches

DCU Member News & Info, Security and Scams

It can be overwhelming with endless reports of data breaches, cyber-attacks, and fraud. Here at Directions, we want to help you understand these data breaches as much as possible! First and foremost, data breaches happen at the merchant/business level – not at your financial institution. Directions Credit Union has never experienced a data breach. How data breaches occur Businesses that …