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You may receive communications claiming to be from Greater Nevada Credit Union, here's what you need to look out for:

  • Unsolicited phone calls asking you to verify your account information, passwords or PINs from your GNCU debit card. If anyone calls and requests this information, please do the following: 1) Hang up, 2) Note the phone number that called you, and 3) Contact our Alert Fraud Team by submitting a report of an unsolicited suspicious communication received through our online form, or by calling us at (775) 334-8635.
  • Unsolicited emails or SMS/text messages asking you to verify your personal information, account information, passwords, or information about your GNCU debit card by replying back or through an online form. If you are sent an unsolicited request to reply back via email/ text or visit an online form to supply this information, even if the form looks like it could be from GNCU, please do the following: 1) Note the phone number/email address/domain of the website, 2) Delete the message or exit the page, and 3) Contact our Alert Fraud Team by submitting a report of an unsolicited suspicious communication received through our online form, or by calling us at (775) 334-8635.

1. SMS/text messages can look official, but pause before you act.

2. Confirm if the message is from your financial institution.

3. Look for unusual or irregular requests often paired with a sense of urgency.

4. Watch out for links to a URL which is suspicious or shortened to hide identity.

 

SMS/Text Example with 1-4 notations

 

More tips to protect your identity and accounts:

  • Keep GNCU informed with your most current contact information at all times, so we can alert you when potential fraud is detected.
  • Regularly review your account activity and immediately report anything suspicious. Set up account alerts in GNCU's Personal or Business eBranches to check balances and deposit activity.
  • Download the GNCU Cards app to manage your GNCU debit card's status (turn your card on and off), and choose your preferred transaction alerts.
    •    Transaction Amount: Receive alerts whenever a purchase is made over a set amount.
    •    Card Not Present: Receive alerts when your card number is used but not swiped, ie. online or telephone purchases.
    •    International: Get notified whenever your card is used internationally.
    •    Declined: Get notified whenever your card is declined.
    •    Gas station: Get notified whenever your card is used for a gas station purchase.
    •    ATM withdrawal: If activated in your debit card app, you'll be notified whenever an ATM withdrawal is made with your card.
  • Insert — don’t swipe — your debit card. The EMV chip in your debit card provides the highest level of security available for protecting your card information. Always insert your card and avoid swiping it whenever possible.
  • Ensure that each person listed on an account has separate online banking login information. For example: Person A and Person B are both on an account together, both Person A and Person B have separate login IDs and passwords. Please use the login information associated with yourself, not the joint owner.
  • Consider changing your password for mobile/online banking every three months. Create complex passwords that identity thieves cannot guess easily. Have your password be unique — no birthdays, social security numbers, phone numbers, or any other information that is easy to figure out. Change your passwords ASAP if any companies you do business with have data that has been compromised.
  • Watch our short tutorial on Identity Protection in the Greater Nevada Financial Education Center. The short video provides great information on protecting your valuable information including how to combat and cure identity theft.
  • Make sure your debit cards/credit cards/account information/checks are all in a safe place. If you carry these on your person, be aware of your surroundings when shopping. Make sure after every purchase you remember to put your card away in a safe place where it can’t be stolen or lost.
  • Secure your personal devices by placing locks on phones and computers. Enable the security features on mobile devices, especially if you have contacts, banking websites and applications saved.
  • Don’t keep your debit card PIN number written down anywhere.
  • Secure your Social Security Number (SSN). Don’t carry your Social Security card in your wallet or write your number on your checks.
  • Collect mail promptly. Put a hold on your mail when you are away from home for several days. Report any un-received mail to your appropriate vendor. Also, be aware of your billing cycles. If bills or financial statements are late, contact the sender.
  • Shred unnecessary receipts, credit offers, account statements, and expired credit cards to prevent “dumpster divers” from getting your personal information.
  • Update sharing and firewall settings when you're on a public Wi-Fi network. Consider using a virtual private network, which can give you the privacy of a secured private network.