Don't Sweat the Scams this Summer
Amidst all the sunshine and fun summer brings, scammers will try to rain on our parade. Stay ahead and shield your accounts with these 5 common summer scams to look out for!
Phony Job Scams
Be cautious of job offers that seem too good to be true. Scammers often send a fraudulent check for work equipment and expect you to handle financial transactions on their behalf. Research the company, verify its legitimacy, and never provide personal or financial information upfront.
Remote Access Scams
Beware of unsolicited calls or emails offering help on a security issue. These fraudsters will request access to your devices through software like AnyDesk, instruct you to log in to your accounts, and have you purchase gift cards. Never give remote access to unknown parties and share your passwords with anyone.
Fraudsters may impersonate someone you know or a USC Credit Union employee, requesting immediate money transfers via Zelle®. Or, you may be requested to send money to yourself. USC Credit Union will never ask you to send money to any account. Remember, only use Zelle® with people you know and trust.1
When booking your summer getaway, fake travel agencies and rental companies will offer free packages or cheap deals. Before purchasing a hotel or any service, research the business and look at customer reviews. Double-check your trip details in writing and only use secure booking platforms.
Phone and Text Scams
Automated calls or text messages can be used to trick you into providing personal information or making fraudulent payments. Avoid sharing personal information or engaging with suspicious calls or messages. Be wary of urgent or threatening requests and hang up or delete the message if anything seems suspicious.
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