It’s National Consumer Protection Week: Protect Your Rights!

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With Preferred Mutual, we’re here for you through each new scam and potential risk. Find an independent agent near you to discuss how we can help you live assured with Identity Fraud Coverage today!

Your personal information is a valuable commodity! Between unwanted phone calls and scam emails, to your online security and identity theft, the 21st century is proving that with technological advancements come innovative ways for thieves to commit fraud. Learn how to better protect yourself and your money!

National Consumer Protection Week, in its 23rd year, is an opportunity to celebrate all that is being done year-round and across the country to protect consumers from fraud!

Consumer agencies, law enforcement and media often talk about how to spot and avoid imposters, unwanted phone calls, and various other kinds of fraud. However, at Preferred Mutual, we urge you to understand how your information is being obtained, to learn about trending scams, and how to recognize the warning signs.

Here are a few scams that are picking up some momentum.

Is that text message about your package delivery really a scam?

Whether you ordered something online or not, scammers have come up with a new way to get you to click on a link for an update. Often, the text message names the delivery service and you are inclined to check on the status of your order.

Cue that skeptical little voice in your head. Here’s what it might be thinking:

“Was I expecting a package delivery?”

“Did I send a package to someone?”

“Did I ask for text notifications?”

Tip: If you get an unexpected text message, don’t click on any links. If you are expecting a package, contact the company directly using a website or phone number provided to you at time of order. Don’t use the information in the text message.

Coronavirus: Scammers follow headlines!

Scammers are certainly taking advantage of the fears surrounding the Coronavirus by setting up websites to sell bogus products, using fake emails, texts, and social media posts as a ruse to take your money and your personal information!

They could also be promoting awareness and prevention tips, at the same time disbursing fake information about cases in your neighborhood – begging for donations to victims, offering advice on unproven treatments, or sending malicious email attachments.

Tip: Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. Make sure the anti-malware and anti-virus software on your computer is up to date. Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts claiming they have information. For the most up-to-date information, visit www.cdc.gov or World Health Organization.

The best tip Preferred Mutual offers? Identity Fraud Coverage

Identity Fraud Expense Coverage is an endorsement to your Homeowners, Mobile Homeowners, Condo Complete or Renter’s Coverage. Protecting yourself with an extra layer of coverage means that you’re saving yourself from having to recover the costs and losses associated with identity theft on your own.

With Preferred Mutual, we’re here for you through each new scam and potential risk. Find an independent agent near you to discuss how we can help you live assured with Identity Fraud Coverage today!

This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not legal advice and/or an authoritative guide.

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