Resources

 

Avoiding On-line Fraud

 
  • Know who you're dealing with. If the seller or charity is unfamiliar, check with your state or local consumer protection agency and the Better Business Bureau. Some Web sites have feedback forums, which can provide useful information about other people's experiences with particular sellers. Get the physical address and phone number in case there is a problem later.

  • Look for information about how complaints are handled. It can be difficult to resolve complaints, especially if the seller or charity is located in another country. Look on the Web site for information about programs the company or organization participates in that require it to meet standards for reliability and help to handle disputes.

  • Be aware that no complaints is no guarantee. Fraudulent operators open and close quickly, so the fact that no one has made a complaint yet doesn't mean that the seller or charity is legitimate. You still need to look for other danger signs of fraud.

  • Don't believe promises of easy money. If someone claims that you can earn money with little or no work, get a loan or credit card even if you have bad credit, or make money on an investment with little or no risk, it's probably a scam.

  • Resist pressure. Legitimate companies and charities will be happy to give you time to make a decision. It's probably a scam if they demand that you act immediately or won't take "No" for an answer.

  • Think twice before entering contests operated by unfamiliar companies.Fraudulent marketers sometimes use contest entry forms to identify potential victims.

  • Be cautious about unsolicited emails. They are often fraudulent. If you are familiar with the company or charity that sent you the email and you don't want to receive further messages, send a reply asking to be removed from the email list. However, responding to unknown senders may simply verify that yours is a working email address and result in even more unwanted messages from strangers. The best approach may simply be to delete the email.

  • Beware of imposters. Someone might send you an email pretending to be connected with a business or charity, or create a Web site that looks just like that of a well-known company or charitable organization. If you're not sure that you're dealing with the real thing, find another way to contact the legitimate business or charity and ask.

  • Guard your personal information. Don't provide your credit card or bank account number unless you are actually paying for something. Your social security number should not be necessary unless you are applying for credit. Be especially suspicious if someone claiming to be from a company with whom you have an account asks for information that the business already has.

  • Beware of "dangerous downloads." In downloading programs to see pictures, hear music, play games, etc., you could download a virus that wipes out your computer files or connects your modem to a foreign telephone number, resulting in expensive phone charges. Only download programs from Web sites you know and trust. Read all user agreements carefully.

 

Identity Theft

 

Identity theft occurs when a someone obtains your personal information and uses it to obtain credit cards or loans, steal money form your bank accounts, rent apartments and commit other crimes — all using your identity. These acts can damage your credit, leave you with unwanted bills and cause you countless hours and frustration to clear your name.

If you're a victim of identity theft or account fraud, you should notify your bank(s) immediately. If your account(s) is with American Savings Bank contact one of our customer service representative immediately. We will work with you to make appropriate corrections of unauthorized transactions in your accounts and to correct any incorrect reports submitted by American Savings Bank to credit bureaus, and will attempt to help protect you from any future identity theft or account fraud.

We also suggest that you immediately:

  • Call the fraud departments of all three credit bureaus. Ask them to put a "fraud alert" on your credti file. This tells creditors to call you before they open any more accounts in your name.
    - Equifax 1-800-525-6285
    - Experian 1-888-397-3742
    - TransUnion 1-800-680-7289
  • File a police report. Even if the police can't catch the identity thief, having a police report can help you in clearing up your credit records later on.
  • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Call the FTC's identity theft hotline toll-free at 1 (877) IDTHEFT (438-4338). The hotline is staffed by counselors trained to help victims and take their complaints. You may also file a complaint online at www.consumer.gov/idtheft.
  • Complete the identity theft affidavit, which will assist you in reporting to many companies that a new account has been open in your name. To download a copy of the identity theft affidavit, visit: www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/resources/forms/affidavit.pdf.

 

 

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Shop Safe

 
  • Understand the offer. A legitimate seller will give you all the details about the products or services, the total price, the delivery time, the refund and cancellation policies, and the terms of any warranty.

  • Pay the safest way. Credit cards are the safest way to pay for online purchases because you can dispute the charges if you never get the goods or services or the offer was misrepresented. Federal law limits your liability to $50 if someone makes unauthorized charges to your account, and most credit card issuers will remove them completely if you report the problem promptly. There are new technologies, such as "substitute" credit card numbers and password programs, that can offer extra measures of protection from someone else using your credit card.