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What are
Financial Scams?

Financial scams that have to do with identity theft and digital identity fraud are a growing and menacing problem that affects many regular people. There are many examples of various financial scams that can lead to you being a victim of identity theft and would result in substantial monetary loss. These scams can also affect your credit and associated credit records which could harm your ability to access credit lines and open new accounts.

What are Financial Scams
Financial Identity Fraud

Financial Identity Fraud

This type of fraud is very common on the Internet. Every time somebody impersonates you they get an opportunity to steal your money. there are many ways it can happen. The most used practices are falsification of bank information so fraudsters can receive money on your behalf and other fraudulent uses of your personal information.

Phishing Scams

Phishing Scams

Internet banking and other users of financial applications and programs get a tricky email or message asking them to submit or verify their personal information, including account login, password, and other private and identifiable details in order to steal your information and gain access to your accounts.

Scam Websites

Scam Websites

As Internet technology makes it easier to make any website or application to appear legitimate, many fraudsters are building websites that look identical or very similar to the legitimate websites of the services that you usually use, but the difference is that the minute you submit or even fill out any type of forms with your information, it will be intercepted and stolen by the fraudsters and scammers and quickly re-sold online to underground hacker groups and other digital criminals.

Card Fraud

Card Fraud

This particular scams starts with physical or, many times, digital theft of your credit or debit card or other charge account information. Since people do not notice or even know about the theft in time, the scammers get away with charging multiple items or services on your accounts before you are able to report the damage and stop the resulting financial loss. It's always recommended that you pay extra attention to any and all charges appearing on your accounts to make sure nobody is using your card in an unauthorized manner.

Skimming Scams

Skimming Scams

Even during a legitimate transaction, there is always a risk of "skimming". This involves directly stealing your account information off a credit or debit card. Usually the scammers would utilize a special electronic device that would copy all your personal and account information and allow the fraudsters to use this information to initiate transactions without your knowledge or authorization. it's very hard to detect this type of scam since most of the time a person is completely unaware such scam is taking place.

Counterfeit Cards and IDs

Counterfeit Cards and IDs

The fraudsters can sometimes resort to a scam known as "counterfeiting", by stealing your card's or identification information and actually creating a fake card to use as they please. The victim in this case rarely is aware of the scam taking place because they most of the time still have the possession of the original card or their original identification document.

Cash Advance Scams

Cash Advance Scams

If you ever used a service where you received cash advance or any type of advance credit, your personal information could've been stolen and used as a bait to entice you into similar services, but this time they are run by scammers. They would offer you a type of advance with terms that are hard to resist with sole purpose of stealing and misusing your financial and bank account information to try and take the money out of your accounts by leveling excessive fees and initiating unauthorized money transfers.

Other Financial Crimes

Other Financial Crimes

Anything can be used by scammers to lure you in and steal your information, be wary of types of communication and messages you receive from people pretending to be in position of authority who promise you things and financial rewards that seem too good to be true. Other financial scams include inheritance, wills, personal court decrees and other fraud that appears legitimate, and uses your personally identifiable information to make the scam appear very targeted and convincing.

How Can I Protect Myself Against Financial Scams?

Keep Your Information Private Keep Your Information Private

We strongly recommend that you keep all your personal information private, such as any identifiable pieces of data from your account records, including bank records, account numbers, routing numbers, address, zip code, name and contact info and other personal data.

Protect Your PINs and Passwords Protect Your PINs and Passwords

Always keep your PIN numbers secret. never disclose your passwords to anyone and continuously update them on a regular basis. Utilize more complicated passwords and never use any of your personal data in your password or PIN combinations.

Store Your Information Securely Store Your Information Securely

Always make sure that any website or online service that you are using is utilizing latest secure protections and certificates that allow for safe and secure personal data exchanges and storage. Do not send your personal details by email or text, and never fill out or submit any forms that you do not recognize.

Check If Your Accounts Were Breached Check If Your Accounts Were Breached

Use our free scan to see if any information about you and your accounts seems out of place, incorrect, or suspicious. We recommend that you regularly scan your personal details to see if any of your information had been breached or exposed.

Verify How Much Data is Exposed Verify How Much Data is Exposed

The more information about you is available online the more are the chances that some scammer is going to use it against you. to avoid financial scams we recommend that you check how much of your personal information is considered exposed and posted on the Internet.

Sign Up for Identity Monitoring Sign Up for Identity Monitoring

The way to keep an eye on what's happening with your information and other personal data is to use an online identity monitoring service. You will be able to receive notifications and alerts every time a breach or exposure of your personal information happens and your details are found on scam sites. Prevent becoming a victim of financial scams by proactively monitoring your identity.

Popular Questions About Financial Scams

How likely am I to become a victim of a financial scam?

Almost 1 in 4 people is affected by identity fraud and a large part of identity theft is financial fraud. Unfortunately the chances of an average person experiencing financial scam on themselves are very high and we strongly recommend a free scan to check up on what information is available out there on the Internet about you.

Can financial scams result in monetary loss?

Yes, many financial scams perpetrated on the Internet cost consumers a lot of time and money to identify and resolve, and can sometime also result in vast financial losses and stolen money and other various personal assets.

How can I protect myself from a financial scam?

Nobody can protect 100% from any scam but a good way to start is to sign up for an identity monitoring service that can notify you about any alerts that have to do with your personal information showing up on scam sites, and this way you can keep an eye on what is happening with your data and take precautionary measures if you suspect unauthorized activity.

Does Identity Monitoring help identify financial scams?

Identity monitoring cannot protect you from all financial scams but it will give you a very valuable tool to check up on your personal information and to identify any potentially harmful situation that can result in a financial scam against you.

What to do if I am a victim of a financial scam?

If you think you have been involved in or are a victim of a financial scammer, you must notify your financial institutions immediately, place a freeze or hold on any of your accounts and credit records, and go through your financial statements to identify if there was any damage done or money stolen.

What are the signs of a financial scam?

The most obvious signs are unauthorized activity in your bank accounts, credit or debit card accounts, unexpected notifications and messages from your financial institutions, letters and emails that you do not recognize or have requested, incorrect or erroneous financial information on your accounts and other out of place records that look suspicious.

Is your scan tool free to use?

To check up on the health of your identity and associated private information, you can run a free scan of that information and receive a free quick summary of what is available about you and what types of personal records are posted on the Internet. The scan is free but the full service costs minimal money once you decide to enroll and start using our benefits and alerts.

How easy it is to detect a financial scam?

Usually financial scams are rather hard to detect because the victim is not aware that the scam is happening. The only way to find out is to take proactive approach to keeping your information secure, check all your accounts for any suspicious activity, and to use an identity monitoring service for regular financial alerts.

Can identity monitoring & protection help avoid financial scams?

Identity monitoring and protection cannot protect against all financial threats and scams but it will definitely give you a very valuable tool to use to keep an eye on your information and also will give you access to alerts and notifications if your information becomes compromised.

What is included in your financial records monitoring service?

By signing up with our Ultimate protection service you will get access to regular credit information and reports, credit restoration service, regular alerts and notifications if your personal information is found on scam sites, as well as other useful tools and member services.