Beware of Pop-Up Scams: Protect Yourself from Financial Fraud

  • By Sikorsky Credit Union
  • April 16, 2024

In today's interconnected world, where technology plays a significant role in our daily lives, it's crucial to be aware of the various online threats that can jeopardize our financial security. One such threat gaining traction is the pop-up scam.

In a pop-up scam, potential victims are targeted through a deceptive message that appears on their computer screen, seemingly originating from a well-known company like Microsoft. These pop-ups often contain a phone number, urging the recipient to call immediately due to an alleged problem with their account or suspicions of fraudulent activity.

The scammer behind the pop-up will employ various tactics to deceive their victims. They may claim to have discovered fraud on the victim's account or accuse their financial institution of stealing money. To further manipulate the victim, they will solicit help in catching the alleged perpetrator and request remote access to the victim's computer.

Once granted access, the scammer may ask for sensitive information such as user IDs and passwords, instruct the victim to withdraw money from their account, including wire transfers or cash, and send it to an individual posing as a federal agent or law enforcement officer.

One of the most troubling aspects of this scam is that the scammer will instruct the victim to lie if questioned by their financial institution about the transaction. Unfortunately, those who fall victim to this scheme often suffer substantial financial losses.

To protect yourself from falling victim to a pop-up scam, it's essential to remain vigilant. Never call the phone number provided in a pop-up that appears to be from a tech company. Legitimate security alerts from reputable companies will never ask you to call a phone number or click a link.

Furthermore, never provide your confidential information, including Online Banking login IDs and passwords, to anyone. If you ever encounter suspicious activity or have concerns about potential scams, don't hesitate to contact Sikorsky Credit Union and ask for the Risk Management Department.

By staying informed and exercising caution, you can better protect yourself from falling victim to pop-up scams and other forms of financial fraud. Remember, your security is our top priority, and we're here to help you every step of the way.

Visit our Security Center for more information on how to keep your account safe.