Safeguarding Seniors: Preventing Elder Financial Abuse and Scams

The vulnerability that comes with age should be met with care and respect, but unfortunately, some individuals prey on the trust and diminished capacity of the elderly, subjecting them to financial scams and coercion. Elder financial abuse is a distressing reality where perpetrators exploit seniors, often forcing them to withdraw funds or tricking them [...]

By |2023-11-20T10:32:50-05:00November 20th, 2023|Scams|0 Comments

Romance Scams: Unveiling Deceptive Hearts

In the digital age, matters of the heart have extended into the realm of the virtual world. Unfortunately, this shift has also given rise to a particularly heart-wrenching cybercrime known as romance scams. These scams exploit individuals seeking love and companionship online, often leading them down a path of emotional manipulation and financial loss. [...]

By |2023-11-13T09:51:13-05:00November 13th, 2023|Scams|0 Comments

Unmasking Impersonation Scams: Beware of False Identities

In the realm of cybercrime, impersonation scams stand as a significant threat to individuals and organizations alike. These scams involve perpetrators assuming false identities to deceive victims into believing they are interacting with a trustworthy source. In this article, we will delve deep into the world of impersonation scams, focusing on tactics such as [...]

By |2023-10-30T10:01:26-04:00October 30th, 2023|Scams|0 Comments

Spotting Phishing Scams

In today's digital age, where virtually every aspect of our lives is interconnected online, the threat of phishing scams has become increasingly prevalent. Phishing scams are a form of cyberattack that aims to deceive individuals into revealing sensitive information, such as passwords, credit card numbers, and personal identification details. This article delves into the [...]

By |2023-09-05T16:20:06-04:00September 5th, 2023|Scams|0 Comments

Text Message Scam Reported

We have been notified of a phishing attempt in which scammers are texting random phone numbers in the Erie area, posing as Widget Financial. There has been no breach of member data. These scammers are simply dialing the Erie area code and telephone exchanges (the first three digits of Erie numbers) followed by a [...]

By |2023-08-23T14:09:23-04:00August 23rd, 2023|Scams|0 Comments

Is a High-Deductible Health Plan Right for You?

In 2020, 31% of U.S. workers with employer-sponsored health insurance had a high-deductible health plan (HDHP), up from 24% in2015.1These plans are also available outside the workplace through private insurers and the Health Insurance Marketplace. [โ€ฆ]

By |2021-10-12T10:11:40-04:00October 12th, 2021|Scams|0 Comments

At Widget Financial, we go to great lengths to protect our members.

At Widget Financial, we go to great lengths to protect our members. A new scam has started affecting some of our members, and we want to help you stay safe. We want to remind you of information you should never give over the phone. [โ€ฆ]

By |2021-10-07T09:43:11-04:00October 7th, 2021|Financial Scams, Scams|0 Comments

How to Spot, Avoid and Report Fake Check Scams

How to Spot, Avoid and Report Fake Check ScamsIn a fake check scam, someone that you donโ€™t know asks you to deposit a check โ€“ most likely for a large amount of money, and usually for more than what you are owed โ€“ and send some of the money to another [...]

By |2021-06-02T14:13:47-04:00June 1st, 2021|Scams|0 Comments

Mobile Payment Apps: How To Avoid a Scam When You Use One

How to avoid a scam when using Mobile Payment Apps? Mobile payment apps have become very popular in recent years and can be a convenient way to send and receive money. With the rise in popularity of mobile payment apps, there has been a rise in scammers trying to steal [...]

By |2021-06-02T14:16:54-04:00May 27th, 2021|Scams|0 Comments