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At Vande Bossche Financial, we understand the importance of safeguarding your financial well-being. During International Fraud Awareness Week, we are committed to providing you with essential information and resources to help you protect your finances and build trust in your financial future.
Financial fraud poses a significant threat to individuals, families, and businesses alike. It can erode your hard-earned wealth, damage your credit, and shatter your financial dreams. Awareness is the first step in preventing fraud and securing your financial future. Throughout this week, we will explore the various types of financial fraud, common tactics used by fraudsters, and practical steps you can take to protect yourself and your assets.
Protect your personal information. Avoid sharing sensitive data like your Social Security number, financial details, or passwords online or over the phone. Remember, fraudsters often use phishing and social engineering tactics to steal your identity. Learn the steps you can take to protect yourself and minimize the damage if you ever fall victim to one.
Be cautious of unsolicited communications. Scammers may use phone calls, emails, or texts to impersonate banks, government agencies, or businesses. Verify their authenticity independently before sharing any information. Fraudsters often target the elderly population, hoping to get their hands on seniors' hard-earned money. In this video, seniors will gain the valuable tools they need to fight fraud.
Regularly review your financial statements and credit reports. Monitoring your accounts can help you spot any unusual activity early, preventing financial loss and identity theft.
Technology is a constant factor in almost everyone’s life, and as technology advances, fraudsters figure out to exploit it for their gain. One way fraudsters get access to computers and systems is through social engineering. Stay informed about common fraud schemes. Awareness is your first line of defense. Share your knowledge with friends and family to help protect them from falling victim to scams.
Keep your devices secure. Use strong, unique passwords for each online account and enable two-factor authentication when possible. Regularly update your software and antivirus programs to stay ahead of cybercriminals.