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Banking Security 

Protecting your identity, your privacy, and your money.

The following information has been prepared to help protect you from the many types of financial fraud and identity theft. We’ve compiled this resource to help you understand the threats and how to combat them.

If you need help navigating potential security risks, click the button below to speak to our member services representatives.

Banking Fraud Prevention

Five Convenient Branches: Hazel Dell | Battle Ground | Fisher’s Landing | Vancouver Waterfront | Ridgefield

Monitor and secure your accounts regularly to prevent banking fraud. We’re here to help! It’s important to always monitor your financial accounts for suspicious activity. It’s always a good idea to periodically review all activity done on any of your accounts. A good way to secure your accounts is to create long complex passwords and enable multi-factor authentication. All Online Banking members have Multi-factor authentication enabled. If you would like additional protection, we have partnered with IdentityIQ to provide a robust ID theft protection program. Browse our FAQs below to get answers to our most commonly asked questions!

Account Security Tips

  1. Don’t over-share on social websites.
  2. Be careful what you disclose.
  3. Protect your computers from malware with regular anti-virus updates.
  4. Take the paperless route with online banking.
  5. Know what to do if you lose your purse or wallet.

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Identity theft can occur when an individual obtains personal information, such as your Social Security number, date of birth, address, and financial account numbers. Once this information is obtained, the thieves can assume or take on your identity, allowing them to illegally purchase items or obtain credit.

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The Internet has made holiday shopping easier than ever before, but it has also made it easier for hackers and cyber thiefs to access your personal information. Learn about how to protect your private information while online shopping for the holidays.

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Vacations should be fun and relaxing. The last thing you want to deal with while traveling is credit card fraud. Learn how to protect your private information while on the road.

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Online banking is a useful tool that can simplify daily life, and it’s become increasingly popular in recent years. However, many people still wonder if online banking is safe. Learn more here. 

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Without the right approach to cybersecurity, you run the risk of having your private information stolen and used fraudulently. Thankfully, improving your digital safety can be a simple process. 

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Common Types of Bank Fraud

ATM fraud can occur when you lose your debit card, give your debit card to someone else to use, or when someone else gets your PIN.

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Check cashing fraud occurs when someone accesses your accounts using information taken from your checks, or the checks themselves.

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  1. Keep a list of all of your cards and account numbers.
  2. Review your monthly card statements as soon as possible.
  3. Always sign the back of your card.
  4. Always check your receipts for accuracy.
  5. Only travel with the cards you plan to use.
  6. Never give your card number over the phone unless you initiate the call.
  7. Never write your PIN on your card.

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A vishing scam involves sending a spam email or pop-up message telling you that your account has been compromised and will instruct you to call a phone number to verify your account information. An official sounding automated message will ask you to enter your personal financial information such as your 16-digit credit card number. Some of these scams involve a telephone call to the victim directly in which the caller already has your credit card number but asks you to verify the valuable three-digit security code.

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  1. If you are concerned about the legitimacy of an email, contact the company directly using contact information from a bill. Never use the contact information in the email.
  2. Never give your personal information via email.
  3. Never go to a website by clicking on a link in the email. Always type the website address in the search bar on your browser.
  4. Make sure your computer has an updated antivirus software.

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Identity Theft Protection

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Because we care about the security of your identity and your financial information, People’s has partnered with IdentityIQ to  provide you with access to one of the most comprehensive identity theft protection services in the world… with a 20% discount.

With three different plans and the lowest starting at the special discounted rate of just $5.49 per month, this member benefit goes far beyond credit monitoring. IdentityIQ services proactively alerts you to suspicious activity so that you can act quickly.

IdentityIQ fraud protection at People's Community Credit Union

All three levels of IdentityIQ service offer 100% U.S.-based customer service and support 24/7, 365 days a year.

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Current Banking Fraud Alerts

Spoofed Caller-ID Numbers

Credit union members are falling victim to a new twist on classic telephone scams. Scammers are using easily obtained software to mimic the phone number of credit unions, making phone calls to their victims to set up fake debit cards and credit cards.

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Coronavirus Scams

Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. They’re setting up websites to sell bogus products, and using fake emails, texts, and social media posts as a ruse to take your money and get your personal information.

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Tech Support Scams

Scammers are calling and claiming to be computer techs from well-known companies such as Microsoft, Dell, HP, and Apple. They will tell you that your computer has been infected with a virus and they will try to convince you to give them access to your computer.

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Card Skimmers

Hackers are now using card skimming devices to steal people’s personal information.

Card skimming is on the rise in the Pacific Northwest. Locations up and down the I-5 corridor as well as local gas stations have been targeted the most.

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At People’s, All Members Get the Same Rate

People’s provides members with access to affordable credit through low-rate loans. What sets our credit union apart is that all members pay the same rate, no matter their credit score or amount in their account. We are here to help you with your financial needs.

Five Locations in Vancouver WA

Hazel Dell
7403 NE Hazel Dell Ave
Vancouver, WA 98665

Battle Ground
121 NW 20th Ave
Battle Ground WA 98604

Vancouver Waterfront
701 W Columbia Way
Vancouver WA 98660

109 S. 65th Ave, Suite 102
Ridgefield, WA 98642

Fisher’s Landing
16211 SE 12th Street
Vancouver WA 98683

Banking Fraud in Vancouver WA

5 Local Branches Serving Greater Vancouver WA:

Vancouver Waterfront | Fishers Landing | Hazel Dell | Battle Ground | Ridgefield | Salmon Creek | Orchards | Minnehaha | Walnut Grove | Hockinson | Baker | Sara | Felida | Cascade Park East