We help you stay vigilant against fraud.
At Congressional Federal, it's part of our mission to help keep you and your finances safe. Here’s info you should know about some recent scams we’ve seen.
Congressional Federal Email Series
To help our members stay informed on the latest online and phone scams, we have created an email series with real-life examples and information.
We have everything you need to stay a step ahead of fraud.
No need for guesswork: stay on top of the very latest threats and get expert tips, updated daily, right here: Financial Security Center.
For additional resources, check out these helpful links:
- If you didn’t initiate a phone call to your financial institution, don’t send information. Don’t use information sent to you in unsolicited messages.
- It’s not rude to simply not reply to suspicious emails or texts. In fact, it is recommended you do just that.
- Report fraud to the FCC. There is a form on the agency’s website. This helps the FCC combat these types of crimes and potentially protect others.
Requests for Account Information
Fraudsters may pose as financial institution employees and ask for information which allows them to access your account. Remember that Congressional Federal will never email, text, or call you to solicit personal information, logins, or passwords.
Requests for Donations
Scams follow current events because the public interest is high. Cybercriminals play with our emotions, interests, fears, or excitement to make scams very enticing; they may exploit your goodwill by posing as a charity or relief fundraiser. Bottom line: do not click on any unexpected email or attachment, unless you can verify with the sender that the email is safe.
Quick Tips to Keep Your Accounts Safe
- If you receive a one-time passcode you didn’t request, don’t give the code to anyone who contacts you for it.
- Never open or use a personal bank account to deposit or transfer funds for someone else.
- Be wary of “get rich quick” or “easy money” schemes, especially if unsolicited.
- Use known links to access businesses online.
- Verify any phone, text or email contacts are legitimate before sharing information such as your account number, security word, PIN, User ID or password.
- Be leery of requests to download apps to fix issues or that allow access to your device.