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Look out for these common online scams

Recognize the signs before sending money to a potential scammer.

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These days, we can do everything online, but we can also get scammed from multiple angles. As you complete mundane tasks through your phone, beware of phishing, remote access scams, and formjacking. Don’t let paying bills turn into accidentally emptying your bank account.

Beware of texts from your bank reporting suspicious activity. If the agent requests your personal information to stop this suspicious activity, you could be the victim of phishing. Phishing is when scammers act like a legitimate institution to get to your sensitive information. Check with your bank before you send your money to a scammer.

Watch out for texts about your phone being compromised. If a technician requests remote access for help, it could be a scammer attempting to use your payment app to drain your funds. In 2020, the FBI reported 15,000 remote access scam complaints like this one. Only grant remote access to a source you know.

You always pay your bills on time. But for some reason you get a text about a late bill - maybe you’re not as organized as you thought! Double check your payment history before you pay a fraudulent bill and get hit by a formjacking scam. Formjacking is when hackers inject websites with malicious code to sell your information. Take your time before you pay your way into a scam.

Online scams are everywhere. Protect your sensitive financial info by double checking the source requesting your payments. By ignoring suspicious texts, you can avoid becoming another victim of phishing, remote access scams, and formjacking. Always take the time to ensure you trust where your money is going.