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‘Vishing’ Attacks Increase; Keep Your Information Safe!

Posted in Security/Scams
May 6th 2014 by
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Recently, a VoIP-based phishing company has been obtaining card information of up to 250 Americans per day. This group targets a specific bank or credit union for a few days and then moves on.

“Vishing” is the nickname given to voice-over IP phishing. It works like this: people are tricked into giving up payment card information after receiving a phone or text message, supposedly coming from a trusted bank. The message will tell them that their card has been deactivated and asks them to call a number to reactivate their card.

Once someone does this, they’ll be asked to give their full card number and PIN… and their information is now in the wrong hands.

5 Ways To Stay Safe

This year has been riddled with online security breaches, hackers and fraudulent schemes. To come out unscathed, you’ll need to protect yourself:

  • Do not give out your personal information unless you initiate the call.
  • If you think the request is legitimate, call the Member Services number you normally use, or what’s listed on the website.
  • Never email your personal financial information to anyone.
  • Check your accounts regularly for suspicious activity.
  • Keep your computer protected and updated.

We care about your safety! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

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