Hang Up on Suspicious Calls – Downeast Credit Union

Hang Up on Suspicious Calls

Posted on March 9, 2023 | Fraud Defense

Your phone rings. You recognize the number, but when you pick up, it’s someone else. What’s the deal?

We have been notified that scammers are using fake caller ID information to trick you into thinking they are someone local, someone you trust – maybe a government agency or police department, or a company you do business with – even Downeast Credit Union.

The practice is called caller ID spoofing and scammers don’t care whose phone number they use.

We urge you: don’t rely on caller ID to verify who’s calling! It can be nearly impossible to tell whether the caller ID information is real.

Here are a few tips for handling these calls:
– If you get a strange call from someone pretending to be from Downeast Credit Union or other agency, hang up.
    * If you want to check it out, visit the company’s official website for contact information.
    * Downeast Credit Union employees WILL NEVER call out of the blue to ask for account information or your online banking login.
– Don’t give out — or confirm — your personal or financial information to someone who calls.
Don’t wire money or send money using a reloadable card. In fact, never pay someone who calls out of the blue, even if the name or number on the caller ID looks legit.
– Feeling pressured to act immediately? Hang up. That’s a sure sign of a scam.

Want more tips for avoiding spoofing and phishing scams? Check out Four Ways To Protect Yourself From Phishing.

If you think you may have fallen victim, please call Downeast Credit Union immediately at 800-427-1223.

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