December 30, 2020
Kellie M. Spawton
At OceanFirst, we’re committed to helping you protect your money and your personal information. That’s why, we keep our customers informed any time we learn of new takes on old scams. Below are four that have been circulating in recent weeks.
Don’t fall prey to anyone promising that you can jump the line for a fee and receive a vaccine before intended. Websites, emails, and robocalls promising vaccines are not legit. Our best advice? Talk to your respected health care professional.
Bank Investigator and Imposter Scams
If someone contacts you claiming your bank is under investigation for fraud, beware. Scammers are always looking for new ways to stop your financial institution from keeping you safe and gaining access to your accounts.
- Never allow a caller to remote into your computer, especially your Online Banking
- Legitimate sources will never ask for gift cards or wire transfer as payment
- An investigator will never contact you and tell you to move your money
As online dating becomes more popular, scammers are increasing their activity, especially through social media platforms. If someone you’ve met online asks for money for any reason – medicine, groceries, a new business venture – don’t fall victim. And, never give out account or online banking information. That’s worth repeating. Never give out financial information. Another good idea? Mark your social media to private.
With unemployment at record highs across the country, scammers are targeting unemployed or underemployed people on job websites, online games, social media and messenger platforms offering job opportunities.
A popular scenario? They send a check to the victim in advance for far more than the pay should be. They then ask them to send a portion of the funds back. The rest of the story?The victim loses their money and they still don’t have a job.
Remember, legitimate companies will not prepay you for work. And, they will never overpay you or ask you to send them money.
In every case, the promise of a new job, a new romance, medical priority, financial windfall, etc., If it sounds too good to be true, trust your instincts.
If you think you are being or may have been victimized in a scam, please call our Customer Care Center at 1-888-623-2698