Your money and personal information are two areas where being fooled is not funny. Being a victim of fraud or a scam is never pleasant and many unsuspecting people who should know better get caught because they let their guard down and don’t use reason. Scam artist are very talented and work very hard to make all of their scams believable. Arming yourself with a little knowledge and always doing your research are two great ways to avoid being a fraud victim.
The holiday season is in full swing with all the joy and merriment that it brings. Unfortunately, it also brings a higher risk of identity theft and financial fraud. There are actions you can take though to protect yourself and also to lower the impact if it happens to you.
There have been reports of telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
On October 14, 2014, a security vulnerability named “POODLE” was discovered in SSL v.3.0, a method used by internet browsers for secure communication with websites. This vulnerability could allow an attacker to view your secure communication when browsing the internet.
There have been reports of a caller using local phone numbers to pose as a representative from FORUM. At FORUM, we take the security of our members very seriously. Your information has not been compromised. These calls did not originate from FORUM; please do not respond.
At FORUM Credit Union, we take the security of our members very seriously. After a detailed investigation, our research indicates that our systems are safe from the Heartbleed Bug.
Several large e-mail providers have experienced security compromises over the past two weeks. We strongly encourage FORUM members to change their e-mail passwords. As an added precaution, we also recommend changing your online banking password. Your e-mail and online banking passwords should never be the same.
It is important for you to become familiar with various types of phishing scams, and how to guard against them.