Elevating Your Fraud IQ

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In today’s digital age, the landscape of fraud is constantly evolving, with new threats emerging as technology advances. At Latitude 32 Credit Union, we recognize the importance of staying informed about these risks to protect your financial assets. Educating yourself on the various types of digital fraud, from phishing scams to identity theft, is the first step towards elevating your fraud awareness and improving your fraud IQ. 

Closing the “Know/Do” Gap for Better Fraud Protection

Understanding the risks of fraud is essential, but taking proactive steps to prevent it is crucial. Almost everyone understands the necessity of fraud prevention and the potential disasters that can follow, but most people still delay implementing protective measures. We encourage our members to bridge this “Know/Do” gap between knowledge and action by offering simple, actionable steps that can be integrated into daily financial routines. These include setting up account alerts, regularly updating passwords, and reviewing account statements for any discrepancies.

The Simple Truth About Fraud Protection

One common myth about fraud protection is that it requires sophisticated knowledge and tools. However, the truth is much simpler. Basic vigilance and a few straightforward practices can significantly enhance your security. For instance, consistently monitoring your accounts and being cautious about sharing personal information can prevent most fraud attempts from ever getting off the ground.

Your First Line of Defense Against Fraud

Alert systems and electronic statements are critical tools in detecting and preventing fraud early. Latitude 32 Credit Union encourages all members to sign up for these services to enhance their security. Alert systems provide immediate notifications of any unusual account activity, allowing members to respond swiftly and mitigate potential damage. Similarly, eStatements reduce the risk of mail fraud and help members keep a closer eye on their transactions. 

Recognizing and Responding to Email and Phone Scams

Email and phone scams are among the most common methods used by fraudsters to gain access to personal information. As surprising as it is in our digital age, many frauds and scams still require a human component, where the fraudster has to actually talk to the victim in order for them to complete the scam. Red flags for these types of fraudulent interactions are unsolicited requests for personal information or the other person putting pressure on you to act quickly. 


We advise always verifying the authenticity of a contact from Latitude 32 by reaching out directly, either by calling us at (843) 556-4809 or contacting us here. Furthermore, it’s always worth stressing the importance of never clicking on unknown links in emails or text messages as these are tools scammers frequently use to contact their intended phishing victims.

Strong Password Practices

Strong password practices are the cornerstone of personal cybersecurity. Latitude 32 Credit Union recommends using unique, complex passwords for each online account to prevent unauthorized access. A password manager can help manage these passwords securely. Additionally, we discourage writing down passwords or sharing them through insecure platforms which may be intercepted.

Immediate Responses to Fraudulent Activity

When suspicious activity is detected, the speed of your response can make a significant difference in mitigating losses. Our members are encouraged to contact us directly at the first sign of unusual transactions or if they suspect they’ve been a victim of fraud. 

Latitude 32 Credit Union and Fraud Prevention

Latitude 32 Credit Union is not just a financial institution; we are a partner in your financial security. We work to implement fraud prevention strategies that include education, robust security measures, and personalized support. By working together, we ensure that our members are not only aware of potential risks but are also equipped with the tools and knowledge to prevent them.