How to Avoid Getting Scammed - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

How to Avoid Getting Scammed

Posted: Updated:

If you receive an email or phone call from someone asking for to confirm your banking information or asking for money, beware, it could be a scam.

The Montana Federal Credit Union warns that scammers could be after your credit information and hard earned money.

The credit union says the scams they usually hear about are fraudulent applications, when someone will open an account using your information, and fishing scams, when a fake business calls asking for personal information.

"One thing to remember is that any financial institution will never call you to ask for your personal information. They have your personal information they don't need to verify it will you," says Becky Timmons, the MFCU Vice President of Marketing.

Timmons warns that you should also be aware of someone trying to scam you online.

"Another thing is to be careful of emails. If you receive an email from someone you don't know or open an email with any suspicious looking links, don't click on those because that could be a fishing attempt to get your personal information."

Scammers can go after anyone, but some people are more likely to be scammed.

"Certain age demographics can be more vulnerable to scams, especially senior citizens or anyone, who has a high propensity to shop online," Timmons adds.

To stay safe, the credit union says you should keep a close eye on your bank account. They add that signing up for a fraud alert on your credit statement is a good idea to make sure your money is safe.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • UPDATE: Fire at Silverwood caused by cigarette

    UPDATE: Fire at Silverwood caused by cigarette

    Friday, August 29 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-08-29 18:35:38 GMT
    ATHOL, Idaho - After a thorough investigation into the fire that closed a portion of Silverwood Theme Park last weekend, investigators with the Timberlake Fire Protection District say it was most likely an improperly discarded cigarette that started the fire.
    ATHOL, Idaho - After a thorough investigation into the fire that closed a portion of Silverwood Theme Park last weekend, investigators with the Timberlake Fire Protection District say it was most likely an improperly discarded cigarette that started the fire. The fire happened on August 24th, around 2:00pm in a restroom at the Boulder Beach Water park. The water park was evacuated while crews worked to put the flames out. 
  • UPDATE: Woman shot and killed by Sandpoint Police identified

    UPDATE: Woman shot and killed by Sandpoint Police identified

    Thursday, July 10 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-07-10 20:11:02 GMT
    One woman is dead after being shot by Sandpoint Police officers Tuesday night at Bonner General Hospital.The Bonner County Sheriff's Office is handling the multi-agency investigation and according to Sheriff Daryl Wheeler, Sandpoint Police officers were called to the area of 3rd and Alder in front of Bonner General Hospital Tuesday night for a report of a woman who was armed with a knife.
    One woman is dead after being shot by Sandpoint Police officers Tuesday night at Bonner General Hospital.The Bonner County Sheriff's Office is handling the multi-agency investigation and according to Sheriff Daryl Wheeler, Sandpoint Police officers were called to the area of 3rd and Alder in front of Bonner General Hospital Tuesday night for a report of a woman who was armed with a knife.
  • FIRST ON KHQ.COM: Clay Starbuck Sentenced To Life In Prison Without Parole

    FIRST ON KHQ.COM: Clay Starbuck Sentenced To Life In Prison Without Parole

    Thursday, July 18 2013 8:07 PM EDT2013-07-19 00:07:03 GMT
    UPDATE: A Spokane County judge has sentenced Clay Starbuck to life in prison without the possibility of parole for torturing and killing his ex-wife.
    UPDATE: A Spokane County judge has sentenced Clay Starbuck to life in prison without the possibility of parole for torturing and killing his ex-wife. The 48-year-old Deer Park man was convicted by a jury last month and sentenced on Thursday.
Powered by WorldNow

Sports

  • Sports
  • Community

  • Community
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Max Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.