Vishing Podcast

June 23, 2008

 You’ve probably heard of phishing, but have you heard of vishing?  It’s one of the newest forms of fraud, utilizing phone and internet technology.

Listen to our latest podcast to find out what vishing is and what you can do to prevent being a victim.

Vishing Podcast

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Smart Online Shopping

January 30, 2008

Using the internet can be a fast and easy way to shop for just about anything you need. But, shopping online can present potential problems.

Here are some tips on how to be a smart online shopper:
Smart Online Shopping

Check Fraud Scams

January 11, 2008

As long as checks have been around as a form of payment, crooks have been using them to swindle people.  Some fraud schemes have been around for years—and still are going strong—while others have evolved with technology, particularly with the advent of the Internet.
First New York Federal Credit Union, offers these tips for preventing check fraud:

* Store your checks, deposit slips, account statements and canceled checks in a secure, locked location. Unless needed for tax purposes, cross-cut shred canceled checks and statements.
* Don’t carry your checkbook with you unless you need it.
* Reconcile your bank statement promptly so you can detect any irregularities and report them within required time limits.  Otherwise, you may become liable for any losses due to check fraud.
* If you have online banking, monitor your account every few days to detect fraud sooner.
* Don’t mail bills from your unlocked mailbox. Take them to the post office.
* Don’t have your Social Security, driver’s license, or telephone numbers printed on your checks.
* When you write a check, don’t leave blank spaces on the payee and amount lines.
* Use gel pens which resist check washing.
* Never endorse a check until you’re ready to cash or deposit it.

Be smart – be safe!


November 26, 2007

You’ve probably heard about “phishing” – in fac
t, we just completed a podcast on the subject.  Here is an example of phishing which I received today:

National Credit Union Administration

Dear Credit Union customer,
In Order to maintain the integrity of entire FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SYSTEM and your CREDIT UNION, NCUA (National Credit Union Administration Inc) is running a data base update. This decision was taken by the High Executive Beaurau of NCUA and it should be followed by all CREDIT UNION customers.

Clicking on the link below will start the procedure to confirm your account details. apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your co-operation.

NCUA Account Review Department

In phishing attempts such as this, ID thieves send out e-mails, looking for information. Consumers are directed to click on a link, which is not legitimate, but one set up by the thieves to make it look like the real site.

Play it safe – DON’T give out ANY information! If you are in doubt, ask the business or organization that sent the e-mail if it is legitimate.

Phishing Podcast

November 21, 2007

The newest First New York FCU podcast is now available to download.  This month the topic is Phishing.  In this podcast we talk about what is phishing, pharming and how to prevent having your identity stolen. 

Here is the MP3 version.  You can click to open and listen to the podcast using your computers audio software, or you can right click the link and save it to your hard drive to listen at a later date on your MP3 player.

Be sure to visit the Podcast section of this blog for all of our previous podcasts.

Phishing Podcast