GVFCU is always looking for new ways to make banking more convenient and safe for you. In June, GVFCU members will receive an enrollment text message that will allow debit card monitoring alerts to come via text. The text will not ask for any identifying information. Please contact one of our local branches to learn more.

Safety Practices

Common Practices to Help Prevent Identity Theft:

  • Shred all pre-approved credit offers, account statements, and financial documents before disposing of them
  • Never carry your Social Security Card
  • Do not print social security number or drivers license number on your checks
  • Review your credit reports annually
  • Only carry credit cards with you that you use
  • Carefully review your credit card statements prior to paying them
  • Be aware of creditor due dates and know if a bill is missing
  • Know the security procedures at your place of work
  • Never reveal personal information unless you initiated the contact and know who you are dealing with
  • Have copies of credit cards stored in a safe place in the event they are stolen

Protecting Your Checking Account

  • Know where your check book is at all times
  • Print firmly and use permanent dark ink when writing checks
  • Check your account statements for fraudulent activity
  • Do not give out your account number unless you know the company or individual requesting the information and understand why they are requesting the information

Computer Safety

  • Update virus protection software daily
  • Do not open files or links sent from people that you don't know
  • Use a firewall program
  • Enter personal and financial information only when there is a 'lock' icon in the browser's status bar
  • Make sure the URL reads "https" not just "http"
  • If you must store personal and financial information on your computer, be sure to:
    • Delete personal information using a hard drive 'wipe' utility program when disposing of your computer
    • Use a strong password containing numbers, letters (upper and lower case) and special characters
    • Do not use an automatic login feature
    • Always use the Log Off button when you are finished



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