Union Bank customers are not immune to being targeted by scams that involve counterfeit checks, gift checks, travelers cheques or money orders. These counterfeit check scams have become increasingly popular and are targeting virtually every American primarily through the internet and email, but also via U.S. Mail and phone solicitations. Use this link for more information about the many types of fraud and scams.
“Most Americans don’t realize they are financially liable when they fall for these scams,” said Susan Grant, vice president of the National Consumer's League, an Alliance partner. “There is no legitimate reason anyone would mail you a check or money order and then ask you to wire money in return,” Grant said. “People need to know that checks can take months to clear, even if the money initially looks like it’s in your account. The scammers know that, and most consumers don’t.”
The Consumer Fraud Awareness Campaign launched in October 2007 with the goal to increase awareness about the schemes, to give consumers valuable information about protecting their assets and to provide steps they can take to report solicitations.
The Alliance has supported the creation of a new National Consumers League (NCL) Web site, www.fakechecks.org which consumers can visit to educate themselves on the scams and learn why, if the offer looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Union Bank & Trust Company strongly supports the objectives of the Alliance for Consumer Fraud Awareness (ACFA) which is a private-public initiative spearheaded by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Among the most important goals are to educate people about fraud and to increase awareness of less well known efforts by businesses to fight fraud.
Union Bank has been an innovative leader not only in helping individuals prevent fraud and recover from it, but also in working behind the scenes to help individuals and businesses stop fraud before they are victimized.
Here are just a few of the services that Union Bank offers to help individuals or businesses protect themselves from fraud and identity theft.
Other helpful sites regarding fraud awareness and prevention include, but are not limited to:
At Union Bank we care about our customers and helping in the fight against fraud fits our mission, because at UBT “You Belong Here”.