SEND ONLY TO PEOPLE YOU KNOW
You may receive emails from a friend or family member asking you to send money out of the country to help them in an emergency situation. They may claim to need bail money to get out of jail or that they lost their wallet and need help for a hotel bill or an airline ticket. Do not send them money unless you speak to them on the phone first and are certain that it was your relative or can otherwise independently verify that the request is legitimate.
DON'T OVER-SHARE ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
Thanks to social networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn, people are now putting unprecedented levels of personal information online and many aren't doing enough to keep it away from would-be criminals. You can protect yourself by setting your privacy settings at the highest level and not sharing facts like your exact birth date, including the year, or information that could be used to answer your security questions such as those that include your mother's maiden name.
STRONG PASSWORDS CAN PROTECT YOU
Create a strong password and keep it safe. Once thieves locate your email address or account username, they'll often try to guess your password, either manually or through a computer program, and try thousands of passwords until they find the correct one. To keep from becoming a victim of password theft, stay away from obvious passwords – “12345” is just not a good password. It’s always best to make it a bit more complicated by using a combination of letters and numbers. Having different passwords for each service you use is also important. It’s your privacy – you should protect it.
BE WARY OF INTERNET FRIENDS
It's easy to make new friends on social networking websites but some may be on the prowl for information they can exploit or sell in order to scam you. Be wary when a new “best friend” whom you met online asks for personal information about you. Seemingly harmless questions can lead to real trouble. We strongly suggest that you not share too much information – it can lead to potentially severe consequences.
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM BECOMING A VICTIM OF "PHISHING"
Internet and email users across the world are often targeted by an Internet scam called "phishing." Emails are sent by fraudsters intending to collect critical personal and financial information through a fraudulent email that appears to be from a legitimate bank. These emails look genuine and always contain a link to a spoofed website asking you to provide an update or confirm sensitive personal information. These emails are commonly called phishing emails.
PROTECT YOUR PRIVATE INFORMATION
If you receive an email claiming to be from Transfast asking for your financial or confidential information, please do not respond. In certain situations, we will ask you to provide further documentation to validate your account or to prove account ownership and funds availability. If you are ever concerned about the validity of an email, please call Transfast at (888) 973-6383 immediately to verify the email’s validity.