Avoid COVID-19 related scams
It’s important you be aware fraudsters are ramping up efforts to scam people out of their economic stimulus payments, unemployment checks or personal information.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is advising taxpayers to be wary of phone calls, emails, text messages and social media posts about payments, especially those who ask for money or sensitive information in order to receive funds.
We remain dedicated to information security. We would never call or email you for your social security number, account number or password(s). Never provide this personal information to someone who contacts you by phone or email. If you suspect you’ve been the victim of fraud, we’re here to help. Contact us immediately at (216) 529-2700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Shop Safely Online
While doing less of your shopping in stores and more online, there are several things that you can do to help protect your account and your personal information, including taking advantage of First Federal of Lakewood debit card features like Apple Pay and FFL Card Shield.
Learn more about shopping safely online.
Ensure Your Home Network Is Secure
One of the easiest ways to protect yourself and your financial information when performing transactions online is to stay on a secure private network at home. But you still need to make sure that your home network is secure, encrypted and password protected.
Learn more about how to secure your home network.
Watch for Mortgage Relief Scams
If you’ve fallen behind on mortgage payments, you may be approached by scammers. It’s important to know who these scammers are and how they work. There are several types, from promising a mortgage modification for a fee to getting you to sign over the deed. But there are ways you can spot them and protect yourself.
Learn more about mortgage relief scams.
Protect Against Other Scams
Read more important tips about how to avoid scammers from the Federal Trade Commission, Ohio.gov and the IRS.
Navigating financial difficulty
If you’ve lost employment, hours or other income during COVID-19, there may be relief available, but that may not be enough without sound advice and strategies to help manage your finances. We can help with those as well. Consider the following steps:
Take Proactive Steps in Unemployment
Sudden job loss is extremely difficult — financially and emotionally. But there are still ways you can be active and involved in your situation to empower yourself and secure your finances.
Learn what important steps you can take immediately.
Prepare for an Uncertain Economy
Even if the pandemic hasn’t impacted your personal finances, take this time to prepare yourself to weather any economic uncertainty. That includes these tips to get your finances in order, like paying down debt, curbing your spending and increasing your saving by whatever amount you can.
Read more about preparing for an uncertain economy.
Take Control of This Setback
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic may represent a financial setback — whether that’s from job loss or market downturn. Whatever your financial plan or goals were heading into 2020, you can put together a new plan, and we can help.
Read more about how you can turn any setback into a step forward.
Look at Your Household Cash Flow
Your cash flow is the difference between what you’re spending and what you’re bringing in. If recent events have affected your monthly income, it’s important to take a fresh look at your household cash flow and current savings to make sure you make any necessary adjustments.
Try our free cash flow tracker tool.
Revisit Your Budget
Today, a disciplined budget may be more important than ever. And while they may not be the only solution to financial difficulty, simple budget cuts from buying “gently used” to making coffee at home can add up — without having to be painful.
Read more about 25 simple budget cuts you can make.
COVID-19 hardship and loan repayment assistance
Special programs are in place to help address COVID-19 hardship. To benefit from these programs, contact us.
Personal or Consumer Loans
For mortgage, home equity or other consumer loan hardship assistance, request a forbearance plan. A member of our team will follow up with you.
If you have any questions about the forbearance program and to enroll, call (216) 529-2700 between 8am and 6pm Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm Saturday. Call times may be longer due to high call volume.
Business Loans and the Paycheck Protection Program
The CARES Act set up the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help small businesses continue to cover payroll during the pandemic. Our team has processed thousands of applications for funding, and if you’ve already submitted an application with us, we’ll contact you to complete the process.
To start the Loan Forgiveness Process, please visit our online portal to begin.
For the most up-to-date information on the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and other SBA relief efforts, explore SBA’s coronavirus relief options.
For assistance with any business loans, please contact your branch
or business relationship manager