Security and Fraud Prevention

  • Fake Text Messages

    posted on Thursday, May 25, 2023

    Text-message phishing scams (also called “smishing”) have been around for a while and are growing each year. In fact, there has been a recent uptick in fake texts being received by Iowans. Read the article for ways to spot fake fraud alerts and steps to take if you receive an alert.

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  • How to Protect Yourself From Fraud: A Refresher

    posted on Tuesday, January 25, 2022

    In 2020, Iowans lost more than $17 million to fraud, according to a report from the Federal Trade Commission. That's an increase of nearly 49% from 2019. Those figures only prove how important it is to stay vigilant and know how to protect yourself from becoming a victim. It is unlikely fraud will ever be completely eliminated. Fraudsters adjust their strategies every year and are always on the lookout for new methods to commit crimes. As technology advances, so do these criminal efforts.

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  • Watch Out for Holiday Scams

    posted on Wednesday, November 10, 2021

    The holidays are fast approaching, and along with all the holiday cheer, also comes more fraud. We should always be on the lookout for fraud, but during the holidays we can become more susceptible to various schemes like: phishing and social engineering scams, charity scams, travel scams, delivery scams, gift card scams and many more.

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  • Scam of the Week: QuickBooks Used as Bait for a Quick Scam

    posted on Wednesday, May 19, 2021

    An easy way for cybercriminals to get your attention is to claim that you owe a large amount of money. Pair this claim with a QuickBooks-themed phishing email and malicious malware, you get a dangerous cybersecurity threat. Read this article to learn more about this scam and how to avoid other scams like this.

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  • Scam of the Week: Watch Out for US Capitol and Parler Scams

    posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2021

    Last week, a rally held in the United States Capitol escalated when protestors stormed the Capitol building. Cybercriminals use high-profile news stories like this to catch your attention and manipulate your emotions. Read this article to learn more about this scam and how to avoid other scams like this.

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