Recognize and Avoid These Phone Scams
As we get closer to the holiday season be aware of an increase in phone scams in your area. Please be on the alert, and know that you will NEVER receive a call or e-mail from Meriwest asking you to provide your account or personal information. If this happens, please do not provide any information until you contact the credit union directly.
We are getting a high number of calls from members that are getting scam calls from people claiming to be Social Security and unfortunately we had some members disclosing their personal information including, name, social security number and bank information.
Sometimes the caller alleges that they need this information so they can issue you additional funds or rebates or they allege that because of a computer glitch your personal information has been lost.
Another scam used an email that was designed to look like it came from Social Security. It provided information about the annual cost-of-living-adjustment and directed readers to a website designed to look like Social Security’s site so people could “update their information” — valuable information to identity thieves and criminals.
In an effort to combat such scams, we want to make one thing perfectly clear: Meriwest or Social Security will not call you or send you an email asking you to give your personal information, such as your Social Security number, date of birth, or other private information. If someone saying they are from Social Security does email or call you requesting information, don’t respond to the message.