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Your new friend on social media wants to send you money and needs your online banking credentials to make the transfer.
Your bank or credit card company calls you to verify your account information and asks for your account number.
You got a check in the mail from someone you recently met online. They want you to use mobile deposit to put the check into your account and then send them cash or gift cards.
Criminals can make very convincing cases for these scenarios, but no legitimate company – or friend – will ever make this type of request. The specifics will vary, but all scammers have the same goal: to get your personal information for their own financial gain. And their gain is always your loss.
Don’t ever give out your personal information – including account numbers, credit card numbers, or online banking credentials – to someone you don’t know or have never met. The best way to protect yourself from fraud is to protect your personal information.
If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your financial institution immediately.