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Be Aware and Protect Yourself from Frauds and Scams

Be Aware and Protect Yourself from Frauds and Scams

As the storm from COVID-19 begins to lighten, fraud and scam activity has risen dramatically as criminals try to take advantage when your guard may be down. In the state of Ohio alone, more than 3,000 cases of fraud have been identified in the past few weeks.

The most common scams reported have been:

  • Criminals filing fake unemployment claims on behalf of real people who haven’t lost their jobs. Fraudsters use personal information stolen during data breaches or send official looking notices to individuals requesting personal information in order to get unemployment benefits. If you receive a notification pertaining to unemployment, follow up with a phone call or other confirmation before providing any personal data.

  • Text messages that pretend to be from Walmart and offer “free gift cards” to the first 1000 responders who click on the link provided. The link goes to a web page that requires a credit card number or Social Security number before “awarding” the gift card – which never happens. Walmart has publicly stated that it does not offer gift cards via text messages, phone calls, online ads or websites that are not Walmart.com, or via social media when posts are shared or liked.

  • Fraudsters call and claim to be from Amazon. They explain that the person’s account has been compromised and that Amazon wants to transfer $1,400 (or another amount) directly into that person’s bank account for reimbursement. They then ask for the bank account number – which they subsequently use to steal the balance. Remember, never give account numbers or other personal information over the phone unless you initiate the call.

As a reminder, Cinfed will never contact you for your Social Security Number, account number, password or PIN by phone, email or text. If you have any questions about a message you received from Cinfed, call our Contact Center or your nearest branch location to confirm.

Do not fall victim to scammers who take advantage of confusion regarding the COVID-19 situation. Continue to follow established guidelines for preventing fraud and identity theft. As the old saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

For more information about protecting yourself from fraud, visit our online Security Corner.




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Cincinnati, OH 45209
(513) 333-3800
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