As your financial partner we understand the importance of security, and no one can keep a more watchful eye than you! Since you are your first line of defense, we have designed our tools with you in mind. In addition to all the channels you have to check and monitor your account real time, we have complied a list of tips to aide you in preventing card fraud.
Protect Your Debit Card PIN
Always memorize your PIN instead of writing it down and never share your PIN with anyone. Credit Union employees will never ask you for your PIN. Use the signature/credit option when it is available to minimize exposure of your PIN.
Only give out your card information when you are ready to make a purchase. Never share your card information with friends or family. It is recommended to change your PIN number a couple times a year.
Note Your Card When Traveling
We constantly monitor card transactions for unusual activity to protect you against fraud. If you let us know your destination and when you are traveling, we will note your card to help prevent any delays while you are on the road.
Sign Instead of Keying in Your PIN
Opt for signature over PIN transactions with your debit card. Merchants prefer that you use your PIN because it’s less expensive for them. Using your PIN is riskier for you because it gives data thieves the option of creating a fake debit card.
Other Helpful Tips
- Avoid letting a vendor go out of sight with your card when possible.
- Beware of card skimmers on ATM's or gas pumps.
- Utilize the channels available through the credit union to stay informed.
- Be aware of your surroundings when out in public.
- Routinely wipe and reset your cookies (temporary files on browser).
- Keep your contact information up to date with the credit union.
- Research and verify companies asking for your card information.
- Avoid giving cards to minors without supervision.
- Check your mail regularly.
For a full list of current card scams please refer to the Federal Trade Commission’s Webpage.