• Telephone Call Phishing April 10, 2015

    GHS has been made aware of a telephone call phishing scam directed toward several of our members. The call is automated and tells the member “your debit account has been blocked or locked out” and to call a number beginning with 877. This is fraudulent so please disregard these calls.

Help us help you.
You can help us help you by staying apprised of all the latest security alerts and scams including:

  • E-mail Phishing (pronounced “fishing”). Also known as “brand spoofing,” phishing is an official looking email that pretends to be from your credit union, bank, ISP, even a popular retail store. The email directs you to a website whose purpose is to steal your social security number, password, user ID, credit card numbers, etc.
  • Text Message Smishing. This is phishing’s mobile phone counterpart. A text message is sent to your cell phone or other device directing you to click on a link. The link causes a virus to be installed on your cell phone or tablet.
  • Landline Telephone Vishing and VoIP (Internet Phones) Vishing. This scam utilizes a telephone, either land-line or cell. It starts with an email message directing you to call an 800 or other number. A voice response system then directs you to enter personal or financial information using your phone’s keypad.

Don’t let yourself become a victim of these scams. Never give out personal or financial information over the phone, by mail, text message or on the Internet unless you made the initial contact. Or, you are absolutely certain you know to whom you’re giving this information.

Protecting your personal information can help reduce your risk of identity theft. Be sure to use unique usernames and passwords – and change them regularly. Never instruct your computer to “remember my password.” Don’t open or respond to unsolicited emails or text messages. Never display your wireless phone number or email address in public, including chat rooms, membership directories, newsgroups, or websites. Check a site’s privacy policy when submitting personal data, such as your wireless phone number or email address, to see if the company sells your information. When online, only give personal information on a secure site. A secure server encrypts the data as it is being transmitted so others can’t read it. Finally, be proactive and cautious. Whether located online or off, regularly check your monthly credit union, credit card and other financial statements to verify all transactions.