U.S. Eagle's Fraud Prevention department focus is to protect our members against the threat of fraudulent activity. The News and Tips tab above can help everyone in the fight against fraud. The Resources & Info tab provides phone numbers, websites, and other contact information of services that help prevent fraud. If you have any questions concerning Fraud or think you may be the victim of fraud, call U.S. Eagle's Fraud Protection Department at 342-8871.
A Costly Low-cost Trial Offer
You’ve probably seen online ads with offers to let you try a product – or a service – for a very low cost, or even for free. Sometimes they’re tempting: I mean, who doesn’t want whiter teeth for a dollar plus shipping? Until the great deal turns into a rip-off. Read more.
Tax Season is Also Hack Season
While more than half of Americans hate having to do their taxes every year, hackers online will gladly file taxes on your behalf -- as long as they can steal your tax refund, too. Read more
Scammers say "Help Wanted"
Criminals don’t like getting caught. So, when they want to send and receive stolen money, they get someone else to do the dirty work. Some scammers develop online relationships and ask their new sweetheart or friend to accept a deposit and transfer funds for them. Other cons recruit victims with job ads that seem like they’re for legit jobs, but they’re not. Law enforcement calls the victims ’money mules.’ If you get involved with one of these schemes, you could lose money and personal information, and you could get into legal trouble.
Scammers post ads for imaginary job openings for payment-processing agents, finance support clerks, mystery shoppers, interns, money transfer agents or administrative assistants. They search job sites, online classifieds and social media to hunt for potential money mules. For example, if you post your resume on a job site, they might send you an email saying, ‘We saw your resume online and want to hire you.’ The ads often say:
- the company is outside the U.S.
- all work is done online
- you’ll get great pay for little work
If you respond, the scammer may interview you or send an online application. He does that to collect your personal information and make the job offer seem legitimate. At some point, the scammer will ask for your Credit Union account number, or tell you to open a new account, and then send you instructions about transferring money.
If you think you’re involved with a money transfer scam:
- stop transferring money
- notify your Credit Union and the wire transfer service about the scam
- report it to the FTC
Silver and golden opportunities?
You may have seen TV ads that claim buying gold is an easy way to earn easy profits, or build a safe retirement investment. While buying gold might help diversify your investment portfolio, is it always a good way to build your retirement? Or might it be an investment scheme disguised as a golden opportunity? Read more
Official-Sounding Calls About an Email Hack
There's a new twist on tech-support scams — you know, the one where crooks try to get access to your computer or sensitive information by offering to fix a computer problem that doesn't actually exist.
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Plastic Card Safety Tip
If your credit or debit card has a PIN (personal identification number), memorize it. Never write down your PIN or keep it with your card. Skip easily recognizable PINs such as the last four digits of your Social Security number, your house number, or family member birth dates.
— Be watchful of shoulder-surfers. At ATMs, thieves will stand close enough to see PIN numbers entered by users.