Stay a step ahead of the latest scams
Common Scams and FraudStaying informed about threats to your money and personal information can help you avoid many of the most common scams and identity theft attempts.
Latest Scams Affecting BHFCU Members:
Other Scams to Watch For:
- Email, Phone, and Text Scams
- Medicare Scams
- Online Dating Scams
- Internet Scams
- Debt Relief Scams
- Family Emergency Scams
- IRS-Related Scams
- Investment/Ponzi Schemes
- Charity Scams
- Lottery and Sweepstakes Scams
- Tax-Related Identity Theft
- Tech Support Scams
- Online Car Sale Scams
- Immigration Scams
Black Hills Federal Credit Union will never ask for your personal information via email, text, or phone.
- Monitor your accounts through Online Banking or our top-rated Mobile App.
- Set up account alerts and notification in Online and Mobile Banking.
- Sign up to receive your BHFCU statements electronically.
- Request and review your credit report for unusual activity.
- Shred sensitive documents like statements, credit card applications, bills, and anything containing personal information.
- Call us if you ever see a suspicious transaction on your account.
- Smart Travel Tips for when you're headed out of town
- Register for Card Alerts on all of your BHFCU Cards
- Access 24/7 Card Support for a lost or stolen card, denied transactions, transaction verification, and more.
- Find out what Black Hills FCU does with your personal information
Protect Yourself Online
- Keep current with your software and virus protection.
- Internet threats constantly evolve, updates protect you from new threats and increase your overall online security.
- Create strong passwords that utilize capital and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters, if that’s an option.
- Password requirements are becoming more strict all the time for a reason. Consider using a password-management system that can create and store complicated passwords for you. Also, think about changing your passwords every couple months.
- Don't log in from a public place.
- Consider public Wi-Fi unsafe. Avoid logging in to social accounts, emails, credit union and bank accounts when using public Wi-Fi at a coffee shop or airport.
- If you are going to log on in a public place use a (VPN) Virtual Private Network. VPN's work by making traffic from your phone to a website you visit appear to come from a server operated by the VPN provider. To learn more about VPN's click here for more details.
- Don't allow someone else to log in to your computer.
- Disposing of old computers.
- Use programs to overwrite or wipe the hard drive. For more information click here.
- Companies that contact you to fix a computer "problem" might not be looking out for your best interest. Be sure you know who you're dealing with before you grant access to your computer or other personal information.
- Ignore emails from senders you do not know.
- Do not open attachment files from emails you don’t know. Opening those emails and files can potentially infect you computer.
- Question all email requests for personal information.
- Most reputable companies will never ask for things like your Social Security Number, credit card number or PIN via email.
- Do not respond to such emails or enter information on questionable websites.
- Regardless of how professional the email or website appears, chances are they are not who they claim to be.
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