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28 07, 2021

5 Tips for Keeping Your Children Safe Online

2021-07-28T10:41:57-05:00July 28th, 2021|Cyber Security, Kids Corner|0 Comments

5 Tips For Keeping Your Children Safe Online The Internet is an incredible tool to expand knowledge and information exchange for adults and children alike. but there are pitfalls This short paper will provide you with tips to help your children safely use the internet, benefitting from the positives and helping to avoid the negatives. [...]

14 07, 2021

Children & credit reports: why parents should start checking

2021-07-14T14:38:54-05:00July 14th, 2021|Consumer Protection, Identity Theft, Kids Corner|0 Comments

Children and credit reports: why parents should start checking Turning 16 years old marks many milestones for a child: learning to drive, preparing for college, and yes, his or her first credit check. While it may seem counterintuitive (after all, most teens don’t have a credit history), the reality is that identity theft can happen [...]

14 07, 2021

Seven Steps to Protecting Your Child From Identity Theft

2021-07-12T12:26:34-05:00July 14th, 2021|Consumer Protection, Cyber Security, Identity Theft|1 Comment

Seven Steps to Protecting Your Child From Identity Theft It’s a shocking experience thousands of parents have endured: finding out someone else has been using their child’s identity. It’s heartbreaking to think of a young person trying to start out in life with an unjustly tarnished credit history. To guard against a future of frustration [...]

11 07, 2021

Money-Smart Moves for the Advanced Child Tax Credit Payments

2021-07-08T15:36:37-05:00July 11th, 2021|Budgeting, Consumer Protection, COVID-19|0 Comments

FREE WEBINAR: Advanced Child Tax Credit We invite you to join a free webinar about the upcoming Advanced Child Tax Credit (CTC) monthly payments from the IRS that will start in July. This webinar will be held on Monday, July 19 from 3:00 - 4:00 Central. This webinar will provide you with information on CTC [...]

7 07, 2021

FAQs About the Child Tax Credit

2021-07-07T14:17:04-05:00July 7th, 2021|Consumer Protection, COVID-19, Financial|2 Comments

Automatic Payments for the Child Tax Credit Start on July 15th - Here's What You Need To Know So what is the child tax credit and how is it changing? Traditionally, the child tax credit provides parents a credit on their taxes for each child under 17. If your tax credit exceeds the amount of [...]

30 06, 2021

Swipe Up: Social Media Spending

2021-06-30T09:26:22-05:00June 30th, 2021|Budgeting, Consumer Protection, Financial|0 Comments

Swipe Up: Social Media Spending Social Media Day is Jun 30th - let's take a look at one of the biggest ways we spend money. “Swipe up to shop my look!”  “Use my code for a great discount!” Click… the items are in my cart… purchase complete… and I received my confirmation email. Real talk: [...]

24 06, 2021

SCAM ALERT: If You Get This Message From the IRS, Don’t Open It

2021-06-24T21:39:57-05:00June 24th, 2021|Consumer Protection, COVID-19, Scams|1 Comment

If You Get This Message From the IRS, Don't Open It New Tax Credit has scammers clamoring to take advantage of you. Scam callers claiming to be from the IRS are a dime a dozen. While tax season has come to an end, you might be gearing up to receive the IRS' child tax credit [...]

14 06, 2021

Identifying Financial Exploitation

2021-06-14T16:42:14-05:00June 14th, 2021|Consumer Protection, Financial|1 Comment

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Commemorated June 15th every year, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is an opportunity to take action to protect older people by raising awareness about elder abuse, why it occurs, and what we can do to stop it. What Is Elder Abuse? Elder abuse refers to intentional or negligent acts by [...]

7 05, 2021

SCAM ALERT

2021-05-07T12:37:12-05:00May 7th, 2021|Fraud, Green Country News, Scams|0 Comments

We have had reports of members receiving calls using Green Country's name and/or number on the caller ID but turning out to be a scam call for the IRS. A reminder: Green Country will NOT call you and ask you to verify your personal financial information. Unfortunately it's fairly easy for someone to use a [...]

23 04, 2021

Mobile Device Security

2021-04-26T09:01:55-05:00April 23rd, 2021|Cyber Security|0 Comments

Mobile Device Security Everywhere you look you see people of all ages utilizing smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other devices to thrive in an online, connected world. Utilizing these devices for work and for pleasure can be extremely convenient and entertaining, but these benefits can come at a very high price if leveraged by a cyber-criminal [...]

23 04, 2021

Cyber Security Basics

2021-04-26T09:02:53-05:00April 23rd, 2021|Cyber Security|0 Comments

A Guide to Successful Cyber Hygiene Admittedly, when you hear the term cyber hygiene for the first time you probably have one of two reactions: 1) You have a sudden urge to disinfect your keyboard and mouse, or 2) personal hygiene habits come to mind. In truth, it's closer to the latter. Cyber hygiene generally [...]

23 04, 2021

Fraud & Scam Basics

2021-04-26T09:08:10-05:00April 23rd, 2021|Consumer Protection, Fraud, Scams|0 Comments

Fraud & Scam Resources Losing money or property to scams and fraud can be devastating. But there are many resources to help you prevent, recognize, and report scams and fraud.   The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is a U.S. government agency that makes sure banks, lenders, and other financial companies treat you fairly. [...]

23 04, 2021

Fraud and Scams key terms

2021-04-23T16:55:59-05:00April 23rd, 2021|Consumer Protection, Fraud, Scams|0 Comments

Fraud and Scams Glossary Want to learn more? Visit the CFPB online. Elder financial exploitation Elder financial exploitation is the illegal or improper use of an older adult’s funds, property, or assets. It is the most common form of elder abuse, but only a small fraction of incidents are reported.The perpetrators can be strangers who [...]

23 04, 2021

Tips to Prevent Identity Theft

2021-04-23T16:40:04-05:00April 23rd, 2021|Consumer Protection, Identity Theft|0 Comments

Tips to Prevent Identity Theft There are many ways to protect your private information from fraud. Though some tasks take a bit of effort, be aware that cleaning up the mess identity thieves leave behind is far more difficult and time-consuming. Credit reports Periodically check your credit report from each of the three major credit [...]

23 04, 2021

Consumer Rights & Responsibilities

2021-04-26T09:10:17-05:00April 23rd, 2021|Consumer Protection, Identity Theft|0 Comments

Consumer Rights & Responsibilities Since thieves prey on those who have not taken preventative measures, it is up to you to be careful with all of your identification and financial information. For maximum security, make safety a family affair. Limit and monitor children’s access to the Internet and online transactions, have a designated person collect [...]

23 04, 2021

Identity Theft Resources

2021-04-26T09:12:24-05:00April 23rd, 2021|Consumer Protection, Identity Theft, Improving Credit|1 Comment

Identity Theft Resources If you are a victim of identity theft, understand that minimizing damage will take patience and a systematic approach. However, the sooner and more aggressively you deal with the problem, the faster you will see results. To start, commit yourself to becoming and remaining organized. Since you will be communicating with a [...]

29 01, 2021

Scam Alert – COVID Vaccinations & Oklahoma Vaccine portal

2021-01-29T13:22:46-06:00January 29th, 2021|COVID-19, Fraud|0 Comments

As the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out continues, it’s important to be on the lookout for scams. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN) recently issued a new warning about vaccine scams: Beware of scams offering early access to vaccines for a fee. Keep an eye out for phishing scams where scammers email or text you with phony [...]

15 12, 2020

Online Shopping Safety

2020-12-15T09:20:16-06:00December 15th, 2020|Fraud|0 Comments

Online Shopping Safety In today's electronic world, it is extremely easy to shop and purchase goods or services on your computer, without ever leaving your home. Certainly, there are many benefits — cyber storefronts are always open and bargains are abundant. It is simple to comparison shop with the click of your mouse, and sellers [...]

30 11, 2020

Cyber Monday: 7 tips for safer online shopping

2020-11-30T08:56:15-06:00November 30th, 2020|Fraud|0 Comments

Cyber Monday: 7 tips for safer online shopping Are you one of the many shoppers planning to click for holiday gifts this year? Don’t let the numerous Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and distractions cloud your judgment. It’s always important to pay attention to signs that your online shopping transactions are secure. The holiday [...]

23 11, 2020

Tips for safe Cyber Monday shopping (or really any day)

2020-11-23T16:01:20-06:00November 23rd, 2020|Fraud|0 Comments

Tips for safe Cyber Monday shopping (or really any day) Are you one of the many shoppers planning to click for holiday gifts this year? Don’t let the numerous Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and distractions cloud your judgment. It’s always important to pay attention to signs that your online shopping transactions are secure. [...]

6 08, 2020

Keep Calm & Avoid Coronavirus Scams

2020-08-06T15:28:14-05:00August 6th, 2020|COVID-19, Fraud|0 Comments

There are so many COVID-19 scams circulating right now. Everything from stimulus money fraud to imposter contact tracers and everything in between. Stay aware and keep your personal information safe. Here are some tips from the FTC. KEEP CALM & AVOID CORONAVIRUS SCAMS Learn how to tell the difference between a real contact tracer and a scammer. [...]

24 06, 2020

5 tips for social media security and privacy

2020-06-24T09:03:44-05:00June 24th, 2020|Fraud, Uncategorized|0 Comments

5 tips for social media security and privacy Social media accounts are powerful tools in the wrong hands. We’ve recently seen hackers take over the Twitter accounts of media outlets and large corporations, using them for anything from basic spam to drawing attention to global issues. Your own accounts might seem too small to tempt [...]

20 12, 2019

How to protect yourself from credit card fraud

2019-12-20T14:58:05-06:00December 20th, 2019|Fraud|0 Comments

In the modern world, almost everyone holds a credit card. Reportedly, 7 in 10 American’s have at least one credit card and there are 364 million open credit card accounts in the U.S. as of November 2018. The reach and popularity of credit cards have made it a major target of fraudsters out there. Many [...]

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