Consumer Security Information
Article of the month Helpful Websites
The best tool against fraud is knowledge!
We have dedicated this page as an educational page about fraud, identity theft prevention, and security tips to help our members. We also have a variety of brochures available at the credit union office on these subjects.
Article of the month:
Be Careful if the Tax Man Comes a Calling
The FTC has recently warned about IRS imposter phone calls. Criminals pose as IRS agents to scam people into sending them money. They usually request money be sent to them with a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. Some of the scammers get very hostile with consumers even threaten them with jail time. If the scammer doesn’t get a person when they call, he/she will leave a message such as “this is your finally phone call about a lawsuit the IRS has pending against you.” The scammers can be very threating. Sometimes they even make the caller id look like the call is from the IRS. The IRS will not call you demanding money without first sending a bill to you in the mail. The IRS gives other tips to help avoid being a victim of these scams in the link below”
Read IRS Tips here
Helpful Consumer Websites
- www.annualcreditreport.com - The only official government website where consumers can get their credit reports free on an annual basis.
- www.ftc.gov - Provides consumer advice on a variety of topics including identity theft, online security, the do not call list, and much more. Also, accepts complaints on unfair business practices.
- www.stopthinkconnect.org - Provides advice about online security.
- www.onguardonline.gov - OnGuardOnline.gov is the federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online.