How to Protect Your Money in 2024

Cybersecurity for Finances

In today’s increasingly digital world, the importance of safeguarding your finances against scams and fraud requires more care than ever. As your trusted financial partner, Latitude 32 is dedicated to providing not only superior banking services but also essential information to help you navigate the complexities of financial security. Our goal is to empower you with the confidence to manage your finances securely in an ever-evolving digital landscape.


At Latitude 32, we prioritize the safety and security of our members’ financial information. We also believe that an informed community is a safer community. We are committed to providing you with valuable insights and practical tips to stay one step ahead of scammers.

Staying Ahead of the Scammers

  1. Awareness of Scamming Techniques: Understand the common tactics used by scammers, like phishing, to stay vigilant. Scammers often use urgent language or too-good-to-be-true offers to lure victims​​​​.
  2. Monitoring Financial Statements: Regularly check your bank and credit card statements for unauthorized transactions, which could indicate identity theft or credit fraud​​​​.
  3. Safe Online Practices: Be cautious when shopping online or conducting financial transactions, especially on public networks. Avoid clicking on suspicious links and sharing sensitive information over the phone or through unsecured channels​​​​.
  4. Data Breach Response: If your data is involved in a breach, change all associated passwords and monitor your accounts closely for any unusual activities​​.
  5. Educational Resources: Utilize resources from credit bureaus and cybersecurity firms to stay informed about the latest threats and protective measures​​​​.


By adopting these measures, you can significantly enhance your protection against identity theft and credit fraud. Regular vigilance and proactive steps are key to safeguarding your personal and financial information in this ever-evolving digital landscape.

Common Scamming Techniques

Scammers often try to catch you when your guard is down, play on your emotions, or both. Common warning signs of scams in general, and phishing emails in particular, include:

  • Offers that seem too good to be true.
  • Urgent requests for action.
  • Suspicious links.
  • Unexpected email attachments.
  • Emails from unknown senders​​.


As a general guideline, stay alert for anything that causes fear of immediate drastic consequences and the suggested solution is to provide personal information of any kind. Take a step back from those situations and take the time to evaluate them, especially if the communication you received implies you must act immediately. 


If you receive a communication that appears to be from Latitude 32 but requests such sensitive details, do not respond directly. Contact Latitude 32 through the official channels listed on our website.

Phishing Scams

Phishing scams are deceptive techniques used by cybercriminals to extract sensitive information like passwords, account numbers, and Social Security numbers from individuals. These scams typically involve sending emails or text messages that impersonate legitimate organizations, such as credit unions, banks or credit card companies, in order to trick recipients into divulging personal and financial information. 

Real-life Examples of Phishing Scams

  1. Email Phishing: This is a basic form of phishing where fraudsters impersonate legitimate companies, often financial institutions, to extract login or financial information.
  2. Spear Phishing: This is more targeted and personalized, where scammers research their victims, making emails look like they are from legitimate sources, such as a company executive.
  3. Clone Phishing: In this type, scammers create a nearly identical version of an email that the victim has already received, but with malicious content​​.

What Do You Do When Faced with a Possible Phishing Attack?

  • Recognizing Phishing Attempts: Be wary of emails or texts that request personal or financial information, especially if they convey urgency or offer too-good-to-be-true deals​​​​.
  • Hover Over Links: Before clicking on any links in an email from your computer, hover your cursor over them to verify the URL. Secure websites should start with “https”.
  • Avoid Opening Suspicious Attachments: Be cautious about opening attachments, especially from unknown senders.
  • Change Browser Settings: Adjust browser settings to block fraudulent websites and alerts for untrusted sites.
  • Regularly Update Passwords: Regularly changing passwords and avoiding the use of the same password across multiple accounts can help protect against phishing attacks​​.
  • Verify Suspicious Messages: If unsure, directly contact the organization the message is supposedly from using verified contact details, not those provided in the suspicious message​​​​.


Latitude 32 Credit Union is committed to your security and will never ask for sensitive information such as your passwords, PINs, or Social Security number via email, text message, or unsolicited phone call. If you receive a communication that appears to be from Latitude 32 but requests such sensitive details, instead of responding directly to the message, contact Latitude 32 through the official channels listed on our website.


Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Understanding 2FA

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a security method that requires two different forms of identification to access an account or system. This approach significantly enhances security by adding an additional layer beyond just the password. The two factors involved typically include something you know (like a password) and something you have (like a phone)​​​​​​.

Importance of 2FA

2FA is crucial because it adds a significant barrier to unauthorized access, even if a password is compromised. Cybercriminals would need the additional factor, which is typically in the user’s possession, making unauthorized access much harder. 

Types of 2FA

  • SMS and Voice-Based 2FA: A common method where a code is sent to your mobile device via text or voice call. This code must be entered to access the account​​​​.
  • Software Tokens: Apps that generate authentication codes. Unlike SMS, these are linked to the device, not the phone number, making them more secure against certain types of attacks​​.
  • Push Notifications: These are sent directly to a secure app on your device, asking you to approve or deny access attempts. This method is particularly secure against man-in-the-middle attacks​​​​.
  • Biometrics: Uses physical characteristics like fingerprints or facial recognition as an authentication factor​​.
  • Location-Based 2FA: Triggers an authentication process if a login attempt is made from an unusual location​​.

Stay Secure with Latitude 32 Credit Union

Take control of your financial future with Latitude 32 Credit Union. Whether you’re looking to manage your everyday banking securely, seeking a loan with favorable terms, or need tools to monitor and protect your credit, Latitude 32 has the solutions tailored for you. Contact Latitude 32 Credit Union today to explore how we can help secure your financial well-being and keep you ahead of scammers.


Remember, in the fight against identity theft and credit fraud, having a reliable and security-conscious financial partner can make all the difference. 


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