Learn how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of online fraud and scams. Understand how the fraudsters operate so you can correctly identify the pitfalls.

Understand what fraudsters want; account numbers, passwords, Social Security numbers, and other confidential information are commodities that allow them to profit from victimizing people. If you understand how to protect yourself, you can help stop this crime.

Top ten things consumers can do to avoid fraud.

Top ten things businesses can do to avoid fraud.


The term phishing refers to a fraudulent attempt to obtain account information via email. A variety of phishing scams exist, learn more about this to prevent from being caught in the net.


Malware (a term for malicious software) is a serious and common threat. Malware essentially does what its creator wants, but is typically used to steal your personal information. Email with links or attachments, webpages, phishing and scam emails, and even social networks can be an avenue to malware.

Email Account Takeover

Every day, thousands of people “lose control” of their email accounts. Scams can occur if people use your email account to trick others. Learn more about how to protect yourself.

Online Romance Scams

People are increasingly turning to the Internet to meet people, and criminals know this. Scams can occur with you being defrauded by someone you think you know and trust.

Anonymizing Online Privacy Services

Software services that promise to keep your privacy safe may actually do the opposite. You should understand the risks in using these services.


Things are not always what they seem to be. Many, if not most, instances of fraud use at least some spoofing. Think of spoofing as little lies. Spoofing intends to show you one thing, while giving you another.


Most people who have email see spam. Spam is a general term for the vast quantities of unwanted and unwelcome email that is sent across the Internet every day. Spam is not just an annoyance, it can carry a variety of risks.

Internet Purchases

Learn how to stay safe while taking advantage of the latest shopping technology. Understand the pitfalls of online auctions and web merchants.

Fraudulent email

A tactic by fraudsters involves sending spoofed email, pretending to be people you may know. This email can be used to trick you into falling for a number of scams. Understand the issues so you can separate the "real" from the "fake".


Vishing sounds a lot like another threat called phishing. Instead of using email, scammers place phone calls and attempt to trick you into being scammed. Understand how to recognize this problem.

Mobile Security

Learn what basic security precautions should be taken to protect your device, data and online accounts.


SMSishing sounds a lot like another threat called phishing. Instead of using email, scammers send millions of text messages to mobile phones. Understand how to recognize this problem.

Fake Checks

Fake check scams are an old, yet common form of scam. Fake checks can look like lottery proceeds, or may be sent to victims under the guise of being payments for at-home work. Understand the "red flags" that alert you to check scams.

Social Engineering Scams

Many scams can be described as "social engineering". Phishing, vishing, fake checks, and many other tactics can be described this way. Understand the hallmarks of social engineering to prevent from being scammed.

Account Takeover

Account takeover is when criminals gain control of bank account(s) by stealing the victim's online banking credentials. The good news is that this issue is preventable by taking steps to protect your personal information.


Associated Bank proudly partners with the Federal Trade Commission and the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) to provide you security tips you can use every day. Please visit the Federal Trade Commission's website Onguardonline for more information.

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