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Security Awareness and Education
Feel secure at Alternatives
Protecting our members’ personal financial information is very important to us. With an ever-growing number of ways criminals can commit fraud, we are committed to keeping our members informed. That’s why we have compiled the following resources and information that will help you recognize and report potential fraudulent activity.
Additional tips to protect yourself from cyber scams:
Don’t respond to text messages or automated voice messages from unknown or blocked numbers on your mobile phone.
Treat your mobile phone like you would your computer, don’t download anything unless you trust the source.
When buying online, use a legitimate payment service and always use a credit card because charges can be disputed if you don’t receive what you ordered or find unauthorized charges on your card.
Check each seller’s rating and feedback along with the dates the feedback was posted. Be wary of a seller with a 100 percent positive feedback score, with a low number of feedback postings, or with all feedback posted around the same date.
Don’t respond to unsolicited e-mails (or texts or phone calls, for that matter) requesting personal information, and never click on links or attachments contained within unsolicited emails. If you want to go to a merchant’s website, type their URL directly into your browser’s address bar.
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My IDA [Individual Development Account] experience was just incredible. I saved a few bucks every week and after a year, I had a savings account with $3,000 in it! And I'm glad that the MoneyWise class was required, because it really helped me develop a healthier relationship with money. So many of the skills I learned in class seemed so obvious, but I never thought/knew how to do them until we went over them in class. For example, tracking my spending made a HUGE difference in how I now spend money. Also, the exercises in the beginning when we explored our relationships with money - I discovered I'm a carefree, spirited, impulsive spender. It helps to put a name on things.
After accruing thousands of dollars in debt from student loans from when I was an undergraduate, I was determined to do all I could to stay out of debt for when I continued my education. The IDA really helped. I feel so much better prepared to build equity and save for my future. Thanks, Alternatives!
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