Scammers continue to look for sneaky ways to compromise your personal and financial information. The Wisconsin Bankers Association has some helpful hints so you can be more alert of possible scams.
First, banks will not contact you via text, email, or other online communication requesting your personal information. If you’re unsure about a message you receive, reach out to your financial institution directly. Links or requests for information in these communications from scammers often closely appear to be from a credible company, but a major red flag is a sense of urgency to provide information.
Also, when browsing the web, look for https:// in the website URL, signifying a secure domain. And remember, if something looks to good to be true, such as a notice that you won a cash prize, have been pre-approved, or are eligible for an extreme product deal, it’s probably a scam.
The key point is to always be skeptical of requests to provide financial or confidential information. The graphic below provides some additional context on each of these helpful hints from the Wisconsin Bankers Association.