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Fight Fraud with SCCU

Being your financial watchdog is about always protecting your financial interests. That includes watching out for any fraudulent activity with your account. Remember, SCCU will never solicit personal or account information through phone, text, email, or other means that a member did not first initiate.

Fraud Alert! 

These text message and email screenshots below include a link to a fraudulent website. 

If you receive a text message or email that you did not expect, please visit or the SCCU Mobile app directly instead of clicking on a suspicious link. When in doubt, don't click the link.

Call 800-447-7228 for additional assistance if you did click the link. 

Fraudulent Text Message Example

Fraudulent Email Example

Keeping Your Accounts Safe Starts at SCCU

2Way Text Fraud Alerts
Notifies SCCU members with real-time text message alerts immediately upon detecting possible fraudulent account activity.

Visa® Zero Liability Protection
Reimburses unauthorized Visa® debit or credit transactions without holding you responsible. Shop with confidence!

Card Controls App 
Gives you the ability to turn off your Visa® credit or debit cards remotely if they’re lost or stolen to prevent fraudulent transactions.

Contactless Cards
Get all the dynamic security protection of chip cards with the ease of making in-store purchases instantly with just one tap.

Paper statements could fall into the wrong hands in the mail. Protect your information by choosing electronic-only statements in Online Banking.

Quick Tips to Help Fight Fraud

Keep Contact Info Up to Date

  • Make sure we have your current phone number so we contact you immediately regarding any suspicious transaction activity.
  • In your Online Banking account or in the SCCU Mobile app, click your Name>Profile>Contact Information to check that we have your current mobile number.

Be Wary of Unexpected Messages

  • Don't respond to unexpected (or "urgent") messages/calls appearing to be from SCCU that request you to "verify a transaction" or "unlock your account."
  • Give us a call directly at 800-447-7228 to verify any requests.
  • Never tell anyone your account password, verification codes, or other sensitive personal or financial information.

Create Strong Passwords and Change Them Frequently

  • Strong passwords are at least 8 characters in length with an uppercase character, a lowercase character, numbers, and special characters.
  • Stuck? Start with the first letters of words in a phrase and change out letters for symbols. Then, add numbers.
  • Example: “Back to the Drawing Board” > Bttdb > Bt^db > Bt^db835.

Monitor Your Accounts

  • Tracking daily account activity can help ensure you catch any suspicious transactions immediately. 
  • If you suspect fraud, be sure to let us know immediately.
  • You can set up e-statements, balance alerts, transaction alerts, and more in Online Banking and Mobile Banking.

Notify Us if You’re Traveling

  • If you’re going out of town, be sure to notify us of your trip’s location and timeframe before you leave.
  • This way, you won’t have to deal with the frustration of getting cards declined due to suspicious activity.
  • You can notify us in your Online Banking account/SCCU Mobile app. Learn how here

Use Your Cards with Caution

  • Don't use card machines that show any signs of tampering.
  • Cover the keypad with your hand as you’re punching in your PIN.
  • You can also avoid swiping and PIN punching with digital wallet.
  • You can use the Card Control companion app to have total control of your Visa® debit and credit cards.

Learn how to stop fraud in its tracks with the infographics below.

You've Been Scammed. Now What?

Take a deep breath, we're here to help you.

Here are next steps to take that will help law enforcement make their cases against the bad guys:

  1. Give us a call
  2. Notify the Federal Trade Commission
  3. Report elder abuse fraud
  4. Submit a complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Consumer Complaint Database
  5. Report fraud to the Better Business Bureau

How to Report Fraud on Your Credit Report

Be sure to review credit reports from the three credit bureaus—Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion—for any fraudulent discrepancies. You can review them for free once a year on You can also see your FICO® score for free in your SCCU Online Banking account.

If you see fraud on your credit report, follow these steps outlined by the FTC:

  1. Call the companies where you know the fraud occurred. 
  2. Place a fraud alert on a credit report (that bureau will then request the other two bureaus to do the same).
  3. Report any suspected identity theft to the FTC.
  4. You may choose to file a report with your local law police department.

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