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Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week is January 28 to February 1. This annual campaign aims to help consumers be more informed about protecting themselves from tax-related identity theft and scams. Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone steals a Social Security number and uses it to claim a tax refund or get a job. We’ve assembled […]

Secret Shopper Scam Warning!

Warning! Increase in Secret Shopper & Gift Card Scams Secret Shopper is a long-standing form of customer experience research. Although the industry is comprised of many legitimate companies, consumers need to be cautious of fraudulent practices to avoid becoming a victim of a Secret Shopper scam. How the Secret Shopper SCAM starts: You get a check in […]

How to respond if your computer is hacked

If you believe your computer has been compromised, the sooner you respond, the better. If the computer you are using was provided by your employer or is used for work, do not try to fix the computer yourself and do not turn the computer off. Not only could you cause more harm, but you could […]

Top 5 Steps to Staying Secure

Regardless of what technology you are using or where you are using it, here are five fundamental steps you should take to protect yourself. Learn more at 1 – YOU The most important part to staying secure is you. Cyber attackers have learned that the easiest way to get something is to simply ask for […]

Identity Theft: What To Do Right Away

As a financial institution, protecting our customers’ information is one of our most important jobs. In light of the Equifax data breach in the Fall of 2017, we want to alert you about how to protect yourself and your family from fraud and identity theft. A detailed list of instructions can be found below for […]

9 Ways to Avoid Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware is a form of malware used by cyber criminals to freeze your computer or mobile device, steal your data and demand a “ransom” – typically anywhere from a couple of hundreds to thousands of dollars – be paid. Ransomware can affect individual computers or laptops, enterprise networks and or servers used by government agencies, […]

3 Ways to Verify a Legitimate E-mail

Phishing attacks use ‘spoofed’ e-mails and fraudulent websites designed to fool recipients into divulging personal financial data such as credit card numbers, account usernames and passwords, Social Security numbers, etc. By hijacking the trusted brands of well-known banks, online retailers and credit card companies, phishers are able to convince recipients to respond to them. The […]

12 Ways to Protect Your Mobile Device

Your mobile device provides convenient access to your email, bank and social media accounts. Unfortunately, it can potentially provide the same convenient access for criminals. The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod recommends following these tips to keep your information – and your money – safe. Use the passcode lock on your smartphone and other devices. This […]