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Tips for Dealing With Fraud

Experts advise consumers to monitor their accounts regularly rather than wait for the monthly mailed statement. It's also a good idea to change your online banking and shopping account passwords every three to six months. And to avoid being led to fraudulent Web sites, retype the Web address in your browser rather than click through e-mail links. While it is difficult to guarantee protection from ATM scammers, there are security tips that lessen the risk. Be on the lookout for anything out of the ordinary at the ATM, such as odd-looking equipment or wires. Do not give callers information about your accounts, credit or debit cards, or personal financial information. Again, monitor your accounts regularly to make sure there is no unusual activity. These simple steps can protect you from serious hassles down the road.

If you've been scammed, the Federal Trade Commission also provides details to consumers on these issues and can be contacted at

1-877-438-4338 or

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