Report of Passwords Compromise
There has been a reported discovery that a Russian crime ring has collected 1.2 billion user-name and password combinations. The massive hacking involves confidential material from 420,000 websites, according to the security firm Hold Security. What should you do? At the very least, you should change your passwords for sites involving sensitive information, including financial, credit card and health information.
Here are several helpful ways to increase your online security in the face of these and other threats...
- Set an alert on your home banking to notify you anytime you or anyone else logs into your home banking account. To accomplish this sign on and go to Online Services and select Member Alerts. You will find this selection there along with many others.
- Change your passwords frequently.
- Create unique passwords. Don’t use 12345, your middle name, your mother’s maiden name etc. as these are easy to discern or to find in a search.
- Don’t use the same password for all your online passwords.
USE TEXT MESSAGING?
YOU MAY BE A TARGET FOR FRAUD!
Members of several credit unions are receiving text messages telling them there is a problem with their credit or debit card and to call an “866” phone number. DO NOT RESPOND TO THESE TEXT MESSAGES! This is a fraudulent scam aimed at stealing your credit or debit card number and, ultimately, your money! If you have questions, please give us a call at 307-632-1476.
Please be aware that a company calling itself Shadow Shopper is mailing letters nationwide as part of a fraudulent mystery shopper scam. The letters are accompanied by counterfeit checks drawn on a non-existent account at Unified People's Federal Credit Union. Any time you receive a check asking you to cash it and return a portion of the proceeds, it is probably a scam. For information from the Federal Trade Commission on avoiding counterfeit check scams, click here. To see the fraudulent mystery shopper check, click here. Feel free to contact UPFCU anytime you receive a suspicious check.
Fraudulent sweepstakes letters are being received nationwide accompanied by checks drawn on a non-existent account at Unified People's Federal Credit Union. Please be aware that UPFCU is NOT involved in any Sweepstakes at this time. Any time you receive a letter stating that you have won a sweepstakes that a) you have not entered and/or b) requires you to send in payment for “fees,” it is a scam. To see the fraudulent sweepstakes letter and check, click here. Feel free to contact UPFCU anytime you receive a suspicious check.
Beware of Phishers Posing as NCUA, Alert Warns
The NCUA recently issued a fraud alert to warn credit unions about a recent phishing attempt to obtain credit card account numbers and expiration dates. In reported cases, fraudulent e-mails were sent to credit union members and to the general public stating that the, “National Credit Union Administration temporarily suspended your account due to fraud attempts.” The e-mail then requests a call be made to a toll-free number to reactivate the account.
The new alert states that the NCUA does not ask credit union members for such information and anyone who receives the e-mail from the NCUA should consider it a fraudulent request. People that receive the e-mail should forward the entire message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any formal complaints can be filed with the Internet Fraud Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.