Halloween is right around the corner, and those trick-or-treaters down the street aren’t the only ones out to give you a scare! These tips will help you avoid frightful fraud schemes!
Keep your eyes peeled
Whether it’s in the form of a text message, email, or phone call, scammers often pretend to be someone you trust, like a family member, charity, or even a government official. Keep your eyes peeled! If you receive a fishy email or phone call, immediately report it at ftc.gov/complaint. Reports help the FTC and other law enforcement investigate scams and bring crooks to justice!
Think before you act
If someone calls asking for money or personal information, immediately hang up. Never give out your personal or banking information over the phone, or online! Many times, scam artists tell their victims that the offer will expire if they don’t send money right away. Resist the temptation to reach for your wallet and instead call up someone you trust. Good things come to those who wait.
Do your research
Before you purchase anything online, do your research! Try searching for the company or website with words like “review” or even, “scam,” and see what comes up. If you get a suspicious phone call, you can even try searching for the phone number.
Report, report, report
Know where to report lost or stolen TBK Bank, SSB cards 24/7. The quicker you call and report a lost or stolen card, the quicker the card can be canceled or paused.
- To report a lost or stolen Mastercard® debit card, call:1-800-472-3272.
- To report a lost or stolen consumer Visa® credit card, call:1-800-558-3424.
- To report a lost or stolen business Visa® credit card, call:1-866-552-8855.
Be in the know
Sign up for free scam alerts from the FTC at ftc.gov/scams. You’ll get fraud tips and advice sent straight to your inbox.
Trust your gut
If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Always reach out to someone you trust or consult an expert at TBK Bank, SSB if a phone call, text message or email seems like a scam.