Credit card fraud is the most common type of identity theft. According to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) most recent study, consumers reported nearly half-a-million credit card cases in 2020. While card fraud is an unfortunate reality for many, with some preparation and vigilance, you can prevent becoming a victim. Here’s where to start. Secure… Read More


If you think identity theft could never happen to you, think again. Last year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received an astounding 1.4 million identity theft reports. Combined with other fraud cases, the total loss amounted to over $5.9 billion. But identity theft doesn’t have to happen to you. Here are some steps you can… Read More


Si cree que el robo de identidad nunca podría sucederle, piense nuevamente. El año pasado, la Comisión Federal de Comercio (Federal Trade Commission, FTC) (artículo en inglés), recibió una asombrosa cantidad de 1.4 millones de informes de robo de identidad. En combinación con otros casos de fraude, la pérdida total ascendió a más de $5.9… Read More


Keeping your money safe and secure is partly about vigilance and knowing how to spot a scammer. Today, we will outline one of the ways fraudsters attempt to take your money; phishing.  How phishing works Scammers contact victims by email, telephone or text message posing as a legitimate entity to trick the unsuspecting individual into… Read More


Business Email Compromise (BEC) is a cybercrime scam where an imposter attempts to access critical business information or request payment in order to defraud a company. Cybercriminals send emails that appear as though it is coming from a vendor, trusted business partner, or a trusted source within the company. BEC Examples The following are common… Read More


Shopping trends are changing, and a record number of consumers are making their purchases online. As more people turn to tech for their shopping needs, the scammers are quickly following suit. A 2021 TransUnion survey found that digital fraud attempts in the U.S. rose 17.1 percent from the same time the previous year. That means millions of… Read More


Sporting lovable personalities and a willingness to show unconditional love and loyalty, it’s no wonder dogs are a human’s best friend. Unfortunately, fraudsters know this too, and they use a variety of tactics to take advantage of unsuspecting dog lovers looking to purchase a pooch. However, you can avoid scams by following these basic guidelines.… Read More


Con personalidades adorables y la voluntad de mostrar amor incondicional y lealtad, no es de extrañar que los perros sean el mejor amigo del humano. Desafortunadamente, los estafadores también lo saben, y usan una variedad de tácticas para aprovecharse de los amantes de los perros desprevenidos que buscan comprar un perrito. Sin embargo, puede evitar… Read More


Unfortunately, when disaster strikes, criminals often use tragedies to exploit those who want to help. Donation fraud can happen at any time and has become even easier to commit because of current technology. With the Marshall and Middle Fork fires in Colorado, FirstBank is here to help protect you from scammers who want to take… Read More