Don’t Fall for Bank Impersonation Scams!
Fraudsters know that the majority of people will act quickly if they receive a text, call, or email claiming there’s an issue with their bank account.
A bank impersonation scam is when someone reaches out pretending to work at a credit union or bank you use. Most of these scams are executed to either steal your credit or debit card information, steal your online banking credentials, get you to hand over money, or to get around your credit union or bank’s security protections to access your accounts directly.
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Winning Strategies for Offense and Defense in Credit Awareness!

Mastering the offensive and defensive strategies of credit awareness is crucial for a winning financial game plan. Aventa is here to help you put your game face on and help you score credit victory.

Just as a quarterback reads the defense, understanding the ins and outs of credit reports is key, serving as the scoreboard for credit history. Utilizing online tools like is essential to having a solid offensive line, allowing individuals to stay watchful, intercept errors, and prevent unauthorized activities or identity theft. This proactive approach empowers us to take control of our credit score.

Before you kick off your credit-building game, it might seem like you can skip checking the scoreboard. Like football, keeping a vigilant eye ensures a fair game and prevents any sneak plays that could swipe extra points away. Identity theft acts like an unexpected opponent, targeting your credit end zone. When your playbook is intercepted, unauthorized plays may be run, scoring new credit accounts or misusing existing ones. Monitoring your credit and inquiries serves as your defensive line, intercepting any foul plays early on and ensuring you maintain a winning score in the credit game.

The starting play of effective credit management starts with budgeting. A budget is an offensive power move for tracking income and expenses. Aventa's budgeting worksheet (INSERT HYPERLINK TO OUR BUDGETTING SHEET HERE) acts as the star running back, assisting in crafting and executing a budget and fostering responsible spending habits. A well-executed budget ensures timely payments on credit accounts and acts as a defense against unnecessary debt accumulation. 

Build a financial defense with your Aventa's You Name It Savings account, offering up to 19 customizable accounts for diverse savings and planning purposes. This strategic approach empowers you to establish an emergency fund, eliminating the need for last-minute "hail mary" credit cards during unforeseen crises. Align your savings goals with the You Name It feature, and effortlessly manage these accounts through the Aventa online portal or Mobile App. Explore the possibilities – CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE and access the savings landing page.

As rookies celebrate their first lines of credit, it's crucial to approach these financial milestones with caution, avoiding rookie mistakes. Accessing Aventa's Smart Money Moves- Personal Finance Tips for Teens and Young Adults, Fall College Prep Guide, and Cybersecurity Awareness Guide, helps rookies prepare and build for financial actions. Responsible credit utilization refers to the percentage of available credit you use, and timely payments during the early stages are the opening plays that lay the foundation for a positive credit history. Understanding and managing credit utilization is vital because it directly impacts your credit score, playing a pivotal role in lenders' creditworthiness assessments. By maintaining a low credit utilization ratio, rookies can set the stage for a healthy and robust credit profile.

Debt insurance is a safeguard for your finances, specifically designed to provide you financial coverage in the face of unexpected life events such as death, disability, or job loss. Similar to an MVP in sports, debt insurance acts as a star player on your financial team. Its goal is to make significant contributions by canceling your loan balance or intercepting repayments, thereby protecting and securing your credit when life's challenges arise.

As in football, patience and persistence are essential in rebuilding credit, emphasizing the need for informed decision-making and responsible financial practices.

In the grand scheme of the credit game, navigating the credit landscape is about arming ourselves with knowledge, utilizing effective offensive and defensive tools, and making prudent financial choices that kick off the foundation for a secure and stable financial future.