General Security Information
When someone is a victim of identity theft, his/her name and personal information, such as Social Security number, address, health insurance information or job history is compromised. The identity thief takes this information and applies for credit by taking out loans or opening new accounts in the victim’s name. The thief might also use that information to fraudulently apply for a job or use the victim’s health insurance plan to cover prescription drugs or see a doctor.
If you believe identity theft has taken place, here are steps you can take:
The Identity Theft Report can be used to:
- Place an initial fraud alert with all three credit bureaus in the United States to make it harder for an identity thief to open an account in your name. When you have an alert on your report, a business must verify your identity before it issues credit. The initial alert stays active for 90 days.
- Order your credit reports. After you place an initial fraud alert, the credit reporting company will explain your rights and how you can get a copy of your credit report. Placing an initial fraud alert entitles you to a free credit report from each of the three credit reporting agencies.
- Complete the Report Identity Theft process on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) site at www.ftc.gov. After you complete the process, print a copy of the Identity Theft Report. Take your Identity Theft Report to the police department and file a report. Obtain a copy of the police report or the report number and keep it with your Identity Theft Report.
Get fraudulent information removed from your credit report
Account Fraud or Compromise
- Stop a company from collecting debts that result from identity theft or from selling the debt to another company for collection
- Get information from companies about accounts the identity thief opened or misused
Account fraud or compromise occurs when an unauthorized transaction posts to a member’s DFCU Financial account. If you suspect fraud in connection with your DFCU Financial accounts, contact us right away at 888.336.2700.
Debit & Credit Card Fraud
Debit & credit card fraud involves the unauthorized use of another person’s card information to make purchases from their accounts or access funds.
Please contact us if your Debit card is lost or stolen, or you suspect there have been unauthorized charges.
- Debit: Call us at 888.336.2700 during normal business hours or 888.918.7880 after hours to close your card.
- Credit: Call us at 800.449.7728
Debit & Credit Card Fraud Protection
We employ a 24/7 monitoring system designed to score and analyze your debit and credit card patterns to determine fraudulent activity. Experienced fraud analysts watch for any suspicious card activity and contact you immediately if they identify potential fraud on your card.
If fraudulent activity is suspected, we will call the phone number on your account to verify the transaction. If there’s no answer, a representative leaves a message requesting a return call to verify the suspected transaction. If you miss the phone call, you can contact the fraud service call center at 888.918.7313, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If we do not hear back from you within 48 hours of calling, your card will be blocked from use as a precautionary measure. If your card is blocked, you may call the fraud service call center at 888.918.7313 to un-block it or you may call DFCU Financial during business hours and we’ll be happy to assist you.
This service is a valuable tool in the fight against fraud. However, in order to benefit from this important service, you must make sure you always maintain current contact information. When you move or change phone numbers, notify us immediately so we can update that information.
Digital Security Information
DFCU Online and DFCU Mobile
When you use DFCU Online and DFCU Mobile, we encrypt your Member Number and password and use firewalls that act as a shield between the Internet and DFCU Financial’s internal systems. These precautions are intended to prevent anyone other than you and DFCU Financial from accessing your personal information.
While we work hard to protect and secure your accounts, there are several steps you can also take to help prevent unauthorized account activity:
- Install security software on your computer.
- Do not write down or share your log-in credentials or any other personal information.
- Log off when leaving your computer.
- Provide personal information only once you have logged in to DFCU OnLine from our website's homepage.
In addition to the safeguards outlined above, the federal government also provides protection for consumers. The same law protecting you from fraudulent credit card usage also protects you from unauthorized account access activity. Please refer to your Online Account Access Agreement for details.
Bill Payment and PopMoney
FraudNet, our Bill Payment & PopMoney Fraud Detection solution, provides fraud prevention capabilities by analyzing daily bill payment and PopMoney transaction data, comparing the data to suspicious fraud scenarios and examining user behavioral patterns.
When fraud is suspected, our representatives may hold processing of suspicious payments until the transaction can be verified as fraudulent or authentic. You may be contacted with questions and asked to verify your name and address, but will never be asked to provide your Social Security number.
If you have any problems or questions, call Bill Pay and PopMoney Customer Service at 888.918.7436 or send us a Secure Message through DFCU OnLine.
Phishing is when someone sends an email pretending to be a legitimate entity to scam someone else into providing personal information that will be used for identity theft. The email usually directs the user to visit a website where they are asked to update personal information (Member Numbers, Social Security numbers, PIN numbers, passwords) that the legitimate organization already has.
Read the FTC consumer alert on phishing.
DFCU Financial will never request that you send personal information via email and will not sell your email address to our partners and vendors. If you encounter a suspicious email or website that says it's from DFCU Financial, do not respond to it and consider this an unauthorized attempt to gain access to your personal information for purposes of fraud.
You should be suspicious of any email that appears to be from DFCU Financial containing links (other than a link to our website) to a page asking you for your personal information. Never provide personal information in response to an unsolicited request.
Forward suspicious emails and websites that claim to be affiliated with DFCU Financial to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can investigate the source. Once you have forwarded the email, please delete it from your mailbox. Please do not use this email address for conducting other business with DFCU Financial.