New Phishing Scam

Now that consumers are getting wise to phishing emails (attempts to get you to disclose your credit account numbers or other private information through email messages set up to look like they are sent from legitimate sources) the scammers have added a new twist. Instead of directing you to click on a link that takes you to a fake site where they expect you to enter your private information, they now direct you to call a special phone number. Once you call, an automated system asks you to verify your identity by punching in your credit card number. Of course, if you do that, you have just given the thieves open access to charge up your account.

Our advice remains the same. Hopewell Federal Credit Union will never contact you via e-mail or phone to ask for your account numbers. We already have your account numbers and information. If you ever have any doubts about the legitimacy of a phone call or e-mail, call our office at 740-522-8311 to double check before you give out any information.

However, if you initiate the call, we will ask for some identifying information before we disclose any information on your accounts. This also protects you from thieves who want to get easy access to your accounts.

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