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Phishing Scams: Global Payments Security Breach

On Friday, March 30th, it was first reported that Global Payments suffered a security breach, where as many 50,000 cardholders may have had their information exposed. Global Payments processes card payments between merchants and banks, sitting in the ‘middle-ground’ directing where payment data should go. While card numbers may have been downloaded from its systems, no other personal data — such as names, addresses, or Social Security numbers — were accessed.

Phishing Scams: Don’t Get Hooked

This data, or information can be used in “phishing” scams to steal passwords or other financial information. Phishing is a way of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication, such as e-mail. These e-mails often direct users to enter details at a fake website whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one. Altura Credit Union will never solicit personal or financial information via e-mail. Never open unsolicited e-mails or text messages, or any links in unsolicited e-mails and text messages.

If you receive, or have already responded to, suspicious requests via e-mail, telephone or text message, contact us at 888-883-7228. Also, report the incident to the credit bureau, order a credit report, and to the Federal Trade Commission, and file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.