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Fraud Alerts You Should be Aware Of
Type of scam: Text Message Fraud
How the scam works: It has come to our attention that several members have received text messages asking to call a specific phone. We must stress that the credit union does not use text messages to communicate with the members. If you receive this text message, do not call any number provided. Also, please be advised that the credit union will never ask for your PINs, Social Security #s or other personal information of that nature.
Type of scam: $4,450 Mega Million Sweepstakes Winner
How the scam works: A member recently received a letter and a check for $4,450. The letter was from Lotus Financial Services (a company in Edmonton Canada) . The letter required the member to send a money order to them for $150 to claim the rest of the money. This appears to be a scam. If you receive a similar letter, do not send any information that can lead you to be an identity theft victim. You should also contact your local law enforcement agency.
Type of scam: “Big Boss” Scam
How the scam works: Watch out for the “Big Boss” scam. The “Big Boss” scheme is targeting individuals in the United States to act as financial agents. They are sending checks overnight to agents with instructions to deposit into the agent’s bank account and wire part of the funds overseas on the same day in order to receive their commission. The checks the agent receives are usually fraudulent.
Type of scam: New Email Scam
How the scam works: Some members have received an email from a company called MSPA Worldwide. This company asks the person to work for them as an evaluator. By signing up, MSPA sends a check to them and asks the person to cash this check. Once this is done the money has to be sent to an account outside of U.S.
Please be aware that identity theft is the fastest-growing crime in America. Do not sign up for any suspicious job assignments.Contact the credit union if you have any questions or concerns.
Type of scam: New Scam Text Message (vtext.com Plus4cu)
How the scam works: It has come to our attention that several members have received text messages from vtext.com Plus4cu asking to call a specific number to reactivate their debit account. We must stress that the credit union does not use text messages to communicate with the members.If you receive this text message, do not call any number provided. Contact the credit union if you have any questions or concerns.
Type of scam: New Scam Phone Call - Auto Loans
How the scam works: Some members have received a call from a company called “Auto Loan Company of America”. This company tells the members that the Credit Union has sold their loan to them and they need more information to complete the transaction. Please, do not give any personal information. We have not sold any loans to other companies.Contact the credit union if you have any questions or concerns.
If you have reason to believe there is a scam operating in your area, please contact the Secret Service. The Lubbock office is quite aware of and involved with this situation, and can be reached at 806.472.7347. The Dallas office is also involved and is a good contact at 972.868.3200.
Or feel free to contact your credit union at (713) 864-0959 for more information.
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