BEWARE OF NEW PHONE SCAM IMPACTING MEMBERS
Another credit union has learned of a new phone scam affecting its members and others around the country. The scam targets debit card information followed by large withdrawals from members’ checking accounts.
The gist is this — members get a phone call with the caller pretending to be with your credit union’s fraud department. The caller is likely using a spoofed phone number so the incoming number looks legitimate. The caller explains that possible fraudulent activity occurred on your card, and they provide you with fake transaction details so you believe your card was compromised. Under the guise of verifying your identity and helping you get a new card, the caller will attempt to gain your personal information and private banking information.
There are three major red flags that should tell members to stop the call and hang up immediately:
- The caller asks for your card PIN.
- The caller asks you to provide your online banking ID or password.
- The caller asks you to provide your card or CVV number.
Never provide your PIN to anyone – verbally or with your phone keypad. There is no valid reason that a caller will ever request your card PIN.
If you have fallen victim to the scam, SHERPA Identity Theft Protection can help. Learn more here.
Beware of Automated calls concerning your debit or bank card – Fraudsters will try to obtain your debit card information by automated messages saying they are calling from the credit union or your financial institution. They will want you to enter your card number, expiration date, or security value(the 3 digit value on the back of the card). This is a phishing attempt. This is were the fraudster is trying to get your information to draw funds from your account by creating a counterfeit card.
Armco Credit Union does have a legitimate card security monitoring system in place where you may receive a call from an individual to verify transactions that appear to be fraudulent. However they will not need the above requested information to determine the validity of the transactions. If you are ever suspicious about a call, contact us directly to speak with one of our account service representatives.
Numerous firewalls and other sophisticated security measures, developed over the years to protect financial institutions, make old-fashioned “hacking” much less prevalent. Cyber-thieves prefer the easy rout – your computer. Here are a couple tips to make sure your computer isn’t the weak link in the security chain.
Wired Access by Home Computer: Use a current anti-virus/anti-spyware scanning program, a current patched operating system, and a secure browser program. The Windows firewall should be activated, or another software firewall should be on the computer along with Intrusion Prevention or Intrusion Detection.
Access by Wireless Home Network: Follow all of the above rules for wired home computers, PLUS your wireless router should have a strong password protection, and it is recommended the wireless network have at least WPA or WPA-2 PSK encryption rather than WEP encryption.
Your accounts can be accessed under Online Banking via personal computer. Online Banking will be available for your convenience 24 hours per day. This service may be interrupted for a short time each day for data processing
EFT SERVICES – If approved, you may conduct any one (1) or more of the EFT services offered by the Credit Union.
ATM Card-Visa Check Card-Tele-R-Phone- Preauthorized EFTs- Electronic Check Conversion- Electronic Returned Check Fees- Online Banking- Mobile Banking- Bill Payment
MEMBER LIABILITY – You are responsible for all transactions you authorize using your EFT services under this Agreement. If you permit someone else to use an EFT service, your card or your access code, you are responsible for any transactions they authorize or conduct on any of your accounts.
CREDIT UNION LIABILITY FOR FAILURE TO MAKE TRANSFERS – If we do not complete a transfer to or from your account on time or in the correct amount according to our agreement with you, we may be liable for your losses or damages. However, we will not be liable for direct or consequential damages in any of the events as listed in our EFT Disclosure.
If you notice any suspicious activity please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 724-284-2020.