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Wait…That’s Not Me! Identity Theft

Picture this: You’re sorting through your bills for the month, and you notice a handful of transactions you don’t remember making. You confer with other members of your family and they don’t recognize the set of transactions either. What could have happened? Unfortunately, your identity may have been compromised. What is identity theft? Identity theft…

8 Tips for Internet Safety

Most everyone browses online, completes tasks using the internet, or watches videos to learn a new skill or hobby. Life nowadays entails a huge digital focus, which certainly has its advantages, but also has new challenges. In 2022, Avast reported 50% of people use the same password, there was a 61% increase in phishing attacks,…

Elder Financial Abuse

Effective July 1, 2024, Connecticut is taking proactive steps against Elder Financial Abuse. In August 2023, Governor Ned Lamont signed into law Public Act 23-161, an act that encourages financial institutions to be watchful in identifying elder financial abuse cases. It permits banks and credit unions to suspend or hold transactions on an account for…

How to Know If a Wire Transfer Is a Scam

A scam can occur in many different forms. Whether it’s a romance, apartment/vacation rental, utility, family emergency or prize scam, fraudsters are out to get your money, and they act fast. Scammers are inclined to use wire transfers because they are finalized quickly, and it is difficult for the victim to get their money back…

How to Help a Victim Post-Scam

2023 marked the first-time fraud losses amounted to $10 billion nationwide, a 14% increase over 2022. The top avenues of loss were investment scams, imposter scams, cryptocurrency, and bank transfers. It was reported that email was the top method to reach potential victims. In an environment that’s constantly changing, it’s important to employ empathy to…

Community Shred Days This Spring at Chelsea Groton

Chelsea Groton Bank is providing FREE secure document shredding services this Spring, to protect confidential information and avoid identity theft. New this year is the addition of a Shred Day that includes secure hard drive (HD) destruction. “The number of people who are victimized because sensitive data is stolen continues to rise,” said Chrissy Caplet,…

Hot Scams of 2024

In 2023, we covered a vast array of fraudulent scams and ways to protect yourself. Ranging from cyber hygiene, tech support scams, to pig-butchering and romance scams– fraudsters are constantly adapting to find new ways to prey on human vulnerability. As much as we wish fraudsters would take a break, it’s best to remain diligent….

How to Keep Business Accounts Safe with Positive Pay

Scammers are getting smarter at how they try to steal your hard-earned money, which means businesses need to get tougher in how they defend accounts and keep their business accounts safe. Some scammers are even going as far as creating fictitious websites to try to capture online banking log-in credentials. To ensure you never enter…

Best Practices for Great Cyber Hygiene

When it comes to our teeth, we have a set dental hygiene routine of brushing once in the morning, once at night and flossing regularly. The same goes for personal hygiene, a set routine of cleanliness followed on a regular basis. But what about your cyber hygiene? What is cyber hygiene? Cyber hygiene is being…

What is a Tech Support Scam?

Everyone can relate to how stressful it is when technology goes haywire. Fraudsters are familiar with that emotional response, and they use it to exploit targets and prey on people. Pop-up ads are already a pain but a pop-up tech scam? Now that’s a pop-up too far. Consumers have experienced a scam where a pop-up…