April 20, 2010

Fraud Prevention: Protect Your Identity

Protecting your identity and personal information is extremely important. Scammers today are finding more ways than ever to obtain this information.

Being informed about the tactics scammers use is a great way to prevent fraud and to keep your personal information from getting into the wrong hands.

One common way is “Phishing" (pronounced “fishing”). This occurs when criminals are “fishing” for your personal financial information. What they want are account numbers, passwords, Social Security numbers, and other confidential information that they can use to loot your checking account or run up bills on your credit cards.

The most common phish is an e-mail. However, scammers could also contact you by telephone or send a text message. Lake Michigan Credit Union does not solicit personal information over the telephone or email. Please be very cautious about giving personal information to anyone online or over the phone.

Visit us at https://www.lmcu.org/Banking/Fraud.aspx for more information. If you feel that you have been a victim of fraud, please contact us immediately at (616 or 800) 242-9790.