We have recently been informed that Scammers are using fraudulent postcards and other mail pieces to try and get you to share valuable personal information, such as account numbers, social security numbers, login IDs and passwords. Scammers then use your information to steal your money, your identity or both.

Many times scammers lure their targets into a false sense of security by spoofing the familiar, using trusted logos of established, legitimate companies. They can even pull information like mortgage closings from public records and use this information to make you think they are the bank or mortgage company.

Be cautious. If a company or organization you know sends you a mail piece with a phone number, check the number before you call.

Do not respond to any mail piece that requests personal or financial information. If you think a company, friend or family member really does need personal information from you, pick up the phone and call them yourself using the number on their website or in your address book, not the one on the postcard or mail piece.

If you do receive a fraudulent mail piece, report it:

•       File a report with the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov/complaint.
•       Visit Identitytheft.gov to learn steps you can take to minimize your risk.

 

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