Convincing Looking "Smishing" Scams
There has been an increase in realistic looking text message scams. Fraudsters are sending text message alerts asking for verification of a Debit Card purchase by clicking "YES" or "NO". This ultimately results in a phone call from the fraudsters, posing as a credit union employee, telling you your Debit Card PIN (Personal Identification Number) has been compromised, and asking you to verify your PIN. Do not provide this, or any other information.
HOW TO PREVENT FALLING VICTIM TO SMISHING:
West Community will NEVER text or call and ask you to verify your PIN. If this happens to you, hang up immediately. It is NOT a Credit Union employee you are speaking to—it's a fraudster. Never share your PIN with us or ANYONE!
Tricky "Phishing" Scams
There has been an increase in “Phishing” scams with fraudsters using creative techniques to trick you into providing personal or account information. These scammers often call using spoof phone numbers so the call or text message appear to be coming from West Community Credit Union's phone numbers. Their intent is to obtain your personal identification and account information to steal your identity and/or have direct access to your money.
HOW TO PREVENT FALLING VICTIM TO PHISHING:
West Community will only ask for personal or account information if you call us. Be highly suspicious if you receive an unexpected call, claiming to be a Credit Union employee, asking for your personal or account information.
If you receive a phone call, text message or email asking you for any personal identification, online banking information, or account information DO NOT RESPOND. Simply hang up and contact us directly at 636.720.2400.
Do not reply to an email, phone call or text that:
- Requires you to give your personal or account information, especially those that send you to a different link.
- Threatens to close or suspend your account if you don't take immediate action
- Tells you your account has been compromised, then asks you to verify information
- Informs you of unauthorized charges on your account, then asks you to verify
- Asks you to confirm, verify or update your account information
As a general guideline, be highly suspicious anytime you are asked to provide personal information over the phone, messenger, or email.
If you have given out your personal information on an unsolicited phone call or text message, please call Member Services at 636.720.2400.
Beware Suspicious Phone and Email Scams
The security of your personal information is a primary goal of the credit union. That is why we will NEVER ask you for confidential information, like full social security number, full bank account number, debit or credit card numbers, or PIN in an email or an unsolicited phone call.
You can reduce the risk of falling victim to fraudulent phone calls and text messages by following these steps:
Be aware - legitimate businesses do not make unsolicited calls for personal, sensitive information. If you receive an unsolicited call asking this, it is probably a scam.
Don't give in to pressure - many times the caller will pressure or try and scare you into giving your personal information. If so, simply hang up.
Be skeptical - caller ID can be faked. Hanging up is your best defense.
Don't respond to unverified text messages asking you to call your financial institution or click any links.
When in doubt, hang up. Please notify the credit union if you suspect that someone has impersonated a credit union representative.