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Identity Theft: Are You Vulnerable?

How can someone steal your identity?

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information such as your name, Social Security number, credit card number or other identifying information, without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes.

Identity theft is a serious crime. People whose identities have been stolen can spend months or years - and their hard-earned money - cleaning up the mess thieves have made of their good name and credit record. In the meantime, victims may lose job opportunities, be refused loans, education, housing or cars, or even get arrested for crimes they didn't commit.

How can you protect yourself? The following resources can help.

- Identity Theft: How to Protect Yourself
- Identity Theft: What's it All About
- Federal Trade Commission

ID Theft Coach - Learn More and Stay Safe!

Phishing: What You Need to Know!

Phishing is a high-tech scam that uses spam or pop-up messages to deceive you into disclosing your credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security number, passwords, or other sensitive information.

Phishers send an e-mail or pop-up message that claims to be from a business or organization that you deal with – for example, your Internet service provider (ISP), financial institution, online payment service, or even a government agency. The message usually says that you need to “update” or “validate” your account information. It might threaten some dire consequence if you don’t respond. The message directs you to a website that looks just like a legitimate organization’s site, but it isn’t. The purpose of the bogus site? To trick you into divulging your personal information so the operators can steal your identity and run up bills or commit crimes in your name.

Please Note: 1st Credit Union will never ask you for personal information, such as account numbers, Social Security number or passwords over an unsecured Internet connection (e-mail or pop-up). All banking transactions are conducted behind our secure, password-protected e-Branch. If you receive an e-mail or pop-up asking for personal information, do not disclose this information. When in doubt, contact the Credit Union via phone to verify the validity of the request.

Use these resources to help avoid getting hooked by a phishing scam.

- How Not to Get Hooked
- Anti-Phishing Working Group



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