Why You Should Never Abbreviate “2020”

It may be a new year, but scammers are still looking for ways to con you out of your money. Experts are warning of a new scam that involves changing the date on important documents.

Most of us are accustomed to abbreviating the date by using just the last two digits of the year when we need to write it. While it was fine to do in the past, continuing this practice in 2020 can be problematic. With the two sets of digits that make up the new year being identical, abbreviating the date on documents opens us up to multiple scams. read more

8 Ways Online Retailers Push Us To Overspend

Overspending during the holidays is easy…and even easier when online retailers deploy every tactic to get your attention. Here are 8 ways online retailers push us to overspend.

Infographic listing 8 ways online retailers push you to overspend online

1. They offer free shipping… with a minimum purchase.
When retailers offer to sponsor shipping costs if you spend $50, they lure you into spending more.

2.  They make it super-easy to check out.
Websites make their checkout process ridiculously easy to keep you from overthinking your purchases and opting out. read more

CASH TRANSFER AND PAYMENT APPS

When used responsibly between peers, payment and cash transfer apps can be a very convenient way for friends to share expenses or pay back borrowed funds, but exercise caution before hitting “send.” Catch our latest blog post for more on Peer-to-Peer (P2P) payment systems. #membersfirstga #paymentapps #p2p #peertopeerpayments

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Image of man accessing confidnetial info. Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Identity theft is one of the most nefarious crimes out there. Here are seven ways to help protect yourself: 

Secure Your Hard Copies 

Every sensitive document should be kept in a safe or scanned and saved in a secure folder. Credit cards and debit cards should be securely placed in your wallet at all times. 

Bonus Tip:  Shred all aged documents that contain sensitive information.

Examine Your Financial Statements read more