Something We’d Like YOU To Keep In Mind
We’re all aware scammers are getting smarter and wiser each day with new technology advancements that are being created almost DAILY! With that being said, they also come up with new ways to get what they want. Unfortunately, they know what to say, how to say it, and who to say it to in order to get a better outcome for themselves.
Anyone can become a victim of fraud. The scammers target individuals through email, telephone, postal mail, and even through text messaging.
If you become a victim of fraud, be sure to notify us right away so we’re able to take the necessary steps to prevent any further damage. We may need to order a new debit card, or in some cases, close your checking account and open a new one. Debit cards do take 7-10 business days to arrive and you are required to be in person to open a new checking account.
If you notice something AFTER HOURS, please call our Defense Edge Fraud Alert Number : 1-888-918-7313. They will cancel your debit card and issue you a new one. This will make sure no further unauthorized purchases are made using your debit card.
It has come to our attention that our area has been targeted, more recently, particularly for Visa Credit Card fraud. Members are getting phone calls from someone (a scammer) saying that they will make a large credit card payment in return for gift cards.
What is expected; the person on the phone calls in and makes a “credit card payment” and then the member goes out immediately and purchases gift cards and sends them to the individual who made
What actually happens; the person on the phone does call in to make a payment, however the funds aren’t available, but due to the way credit card payments are processed, it isn’t noticed right away which is why it is stressed by the caller that the member go and purchase the gift
At the end of all of this, the payment is rejected due to funds not being available and the member is not only out the payment amount, but also the amount of money spent on gift cards.
We don’t think we need to be told this, but like said previously, scammers know EXACTLY what to say. They play with an individuals emotions with their words and it’s their job to know what to say. A good rule of thumb is if someone is giving you money, but requests you send them money or goods back in return, it’s more than likely a scam.
We know that it is sometimes hard to decide if something is a scam or not. Here at the Grove City Area Federal Credit Union, we are here to help you! You don’t need to feel bad about asking because even if you are already in the middle of something, it is better to find out before it is too late. We know how frustrating it feels to be taken advantage of and we are here to do what we can to help.
**We encourage all members to enroll their debit card(s) in our alerts program. Get a text message or email any time your card is used. Click HERE for more information and to enroll today.**