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Thomas White

Thomas White is the senior fraud specialist at VSECU.

By: Thomas White

September 9th, 2020

How to Protect Yourself Against Romance Scams

Identity and Fraud Protection

What is a romance scam? A romance scam is a specific type of confidence scam, in which a person is defrauded after another person has gained their trust. In this scenario, the fraudster creates a fake identity to gain the victim’s affection and trust, then exploits this relationship for their financial gain.

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By: Thomas White

July 20th, 2020

How to Avoid Social Security Scams

Identity and Fraud Protection

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), Americans have lost more than $50 million over the last two years to Social Security scams—and that’s just from telephone scams. Unfortunately, the telephone isn’t the only method used. Between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019, more than 450,000 Americans reported being contacted by Social Security scammers by phone, email, or even physical mail. To help you avoid becoming a victim, consider this your guide to what tactics are commonly used, what to look for if you’re being targeted, and what to do to avoid the growing number of Social Security scams.

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By: Thomas White

April 6th, 2020

Protect Your Finances from Fraud during COVID-19

Identity and Fraud Protection

Fraudsters will never let a good crisis go to waste. During this coronavirus outbreak, people’s attention is focused on the health and social impacts of COVID-19, which creates fear and confusion that thieves can use as a tool to steal information and, ultimately, money.  So, in addition to social distancing and washing your hands, you should keep an eye out for this other type of germ—the online scammer. 

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By: Thomas White

December 11th, 2018

How to Keep Your Payment Cards Safe over the Holidays

Identity and Fraud Protection

Criminals love the holiday season. Why? Because it gives them more opportunities to steal payment card information. They do this at the register, online, by phone, and even at the gas station. Fraudsters have many techniques for committing card fraud. This article will outline some of their techniques and give you some tips for how to keep your payment card safe over the holidays.  

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By: Thomas White

November 23rd, 2018

What the Facebook Breach Has to Do with Online Holiday Shopping

Identity and Fraud Protection

As the holiday season approaches remember to protect yourself against fraud, which increases during this time of year. Every year, more and more people gravitate towards online shopping, making fraudulent activity harder to identify. Therefore, it’s important to pay more attention to your online practices and how they could potentially make you a victim.  

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By: Thomas White

May 9th, 2016

Elder Financial Abuse: How to Identify and Prevent Two Common Financial Scams

Identity and Fraud Protection

Financial Fraudsters Prey on Vulnerable Adults Elder financial abuse is a problem in Vermont and across the country. Vulnerable adults can fall prey to the scams of strangers and exploitation by family members. There are no reliable statistics for the incidence of elder financial abuse in Vermont, but a 2011 study, conducted by the MetLife Mature Market Institute, notes that “the annual financial loss by victims of elder financial abuse is estimated to be at least $2.9 billion dollars, a 12% increase from the $2.6 billion estimated in 2008.” The study notes that over half of the reports of elder financial abuse are perpetrated by strangers, while about 34% of abusers are reported to be family, friends, and neighbors.

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