Keep your money and your identity!
OE Federal is dedicated to the safety and security of our members. It is important to be aware of various forms of fraud attempts.
One of the biggest crimes affecting our world today is identity theft. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2013 over 9.9 million people were victims to Identity Theft. At OE Federal we try our best to keep our members safe and give them the knowledge to outwit and outsmart any possible threats. Unfortunately the majority of people don’t realize they are a victim of Identity Theft until it’s too late.
Signals you have been a victim of Identity Theft:
- Unsuspected rejection on a loan
- Receiving past due notices on Credit Cards you did not open
- Receiving past due notices on Loans you do not have
- Being contacted by collection agencies for bad checks you never wrote
- Charges on your account you do not recognize
What they want…
Identity theft is possible when someone else has access to confidential information about you. Certain confidential information would be:
- Debit/ATM Card Numbers
- Card Expiration Dates
- Credit Card Numbers
- Card Security Codes
- Personal Identification Numbers (PIN)
- Social Security Numbers
- Driver's License Number
- Birth Date
- Mother's Maiden Name
It is also important to report your lost or stolen OE Federal cards as soon as possible using one of these numbers:
- Member Service: 800.877.4444
- Lost/Stolen Visa: 844.665.5275
What it looks like…
Identity Theft occurs when someone uses your personal information to access your bank accounts, open new checking accounts, or apply for credit cards or loans. One common method of ID theft is known as Phishing. Phishing is when someone acts as if they are representing an organization and tries to trick you into providing personal information. Phishing can occur through email, telephone, or website impersonation.
Here are some tips to help you protect yourself from possible Phishing:
- Treat any request for confidential information as suspicious
- Report all possible cyber crimes to www.ic3.gov
- Bookmark all sensitive websites (avoid using search engines)
- Check financial statements monthly for accuracy
What to do...
If you become a victim of Identity Theft there are important actions you need to make immediately to prevent further damage:
1. Contact the three major credit bureaus and request a fraud alert be placed on your file
- The Federal Trade Commissions
- The Anti Phishing Group
- On Guard Online
- California Office of Privacy Protection - California Residents
- Visa Security Sense
Wendy’s Card Compromise - August 2016
Wendy’s announced they were involved in a payment card data compromise affecting those who made purchases in some Wendy’s restaurants between Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. This compromise may include OE Federal Visa debit and credit cards.
If you made a purchase at a Wendy’s restaurant during this time period, we encourage you to closely monitor your Visa and/or Checking Account over the next few months and notify us immediately if you find any unauthorized activity. To report unauthorized activity on your account, notify us by calling 800.877.4444.
Wendy’s recently released information regarding this data breach, including a letter from Todd Penegor, President and CEO of The Wendy’s Company, and a listing of potential Wendy’s restaurant locations that were affected by the breach:
Prevent Identity Theft and Fraud this Tax Season - January 2016
With the tax season here, scammers are on the lookout to steal your personal information. To help combat identity theft, the National Credit Union Association (NCUA) has put together online resources to help members of credit unions, like OE Federal.
To learn more about how you can protect yourself from would-be scammers, visit www.MyCreditUnion.gov. You’ll find useful information on how to prevent and report identity theft that may be committed using fake contacts from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that request taxpayer information. Click here to visit the page.
OE Federal Credit Union would like to remind its members that the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages, or social media channels to request personal or financial information.
Additionally, you may want to consider having your Tax Return directly deposited in to your OE Federal Account in order to help combat would-be scammers.
Mortgage Lending, Phishing Calls - July 2015
Be alert when receiving phone calls from solicitors identifying themselves from a mortgage lending company. These solicitors use public information to contact you and often times, this is an attempt to coerce you into refinancing your current loan with a new company.
The caller might say: “I’m with XYZ lender and we’ve identified a problem with your mortgage loan documents. We’ll need to correct these documents and have you sign as soon as possible.”
If you receive a similar call, here are a few tips to keep yourself protected:
- Never confirm any information to callers reaching out to you unsolicited
- Never provide personal information over the phone without independently confirming the identity of the caller
- Always attempt to get the name and return phone number of the person calling you
- Always call your financial institution directly, using the phone number on your statement to confirm the identity of the caller