I’ll admit, this isn’t our most exciting Saturday email, but it is important.  Great Basin Federal Credit Union sent me this resource about scams and fraud, and I thought it was worth passing on to all of you.  When it comes to security, it seems the crooks come at us from all directions.

Be proactive about security when it comes to your finances and personal data.

One of the biggest ways to protect yourself is to avoid giving information to just anyone who contacts you.  If you’ve received an email, go directly to the website to log in and never log in from the link in the email, no matter how legitimate it looks.  Same for phone calls; tell them you will call them back and then find their number on their website to verify that they are actually part of the company they claim to represent.

I don’t need to give you all the tips here — read through this post to learn how to better protect yourself from the bad guys.  The holidays are the busy season for scammers so it’s more important than ever to be on high alert.  Even if you don’t bank with GBCU, this resource is very helpful, and you can take this information to your own bank to see how they protect you from security risks.

— Greg

Convenience is important, but security is priority.

By Great Basin Credit Union

There is a wide variety of phone scams currently circulating, including false claims that you owe the IRS money, that you owe your utility company or bank, that your friend or family member needs bail money, or attempts to get you to say something. If you receive a phone call that is suspicious in any way, it is recommended that you hang up and call the company back at the number you have saved or have found on their verified website.

Below you’ll find tools to learn how to protect yourself, what we do to help protect you, and what to do if you are a victim of a scam.

  • Phishing scams: Scammers try anything to collect your information, including posing as a legitimate business through email, phone, text, or social media.
  • Online & Mobile Security: Your personal data can be compromised on any device at any time. Learn how to better arm yourself against cyber attacks and how to keep your information safe.
  • Identity Theft: How long would it take you to find out that you were a victim of identity theft? You’d be surprised. Find out what you can do to help prevent it, be aware of it, and fight if it happens to you.
  • Check Scams: It may be one of the oldest tricks in the book, but it still works because scammers are becoming more sophisticated all the time.
  • Credit & Debit Card Fraud: We monitor your account for fraudulent activity and stay on top of the latest fraud trends to protect you.
  • Personal Security: We never want to think the worst, but it’s important to make sure that our personal information is secure just in case. Get some tips that we’ve collected over the years.
  • ATM Security: Whether you use an ATM at one of our branches or across the nation, it’s important that you and your information stay safe. Learn what we’re doing to protect you and how you can protect yourself.