We realize that these times can be confusing for most everyone. The unfortunate reality is that there are some people who try to take advantage of members in our community during times like these. There have been reports of scammers targeting unsuspecting victims in an effort to steal personal information, money, or both.

We are vigilant about the protection of your privacy and the security of your information, but it’s important that you also arm yourself with knowledge and protect yourself.

Below are a few of the scams we have heard may be circulating today:

Fraudulent Emails – Be wary of emails claiming to be from the CDC or any other government organization. Do not click on any links or open any attachments. Instead, visit their website and research the information yourself. You can trust that the information on their website is accurate and up-to-date.

Phishing Emails – Scammers are sending emails looking for your personal information. Be aware that government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails asking for your information. Never send your personal information through email. Some of the popular topics phishers are using are government stimulus checks, crowd funding campaigns, or asking you to sign up for COVID-19 testing. Do not click on any links, open any attachments, send any money, or send any personal information if you receive one of these emails.

Counterfeit Medical Treatments and/or Equipment – Be cautious of anyone claiming to sell products that test, treat, cure, or diagnose COVID-19. In addition, be wary of counterfeit medical masks, sanitizing products, or any other protective gear advertised to protect against the virus. These scams can be hazardous for your wallet and your health. Remember, Kitsap Credit Union will never call or email you asking for your personal and private information.

If you receive a communication from someone claiming to be from Kitsap Credit Union who is asking for your information, please call us immediately.

Helpful Links:

Federal Communication Commission
Federal Trade Commission
US Securities and Exchange Commission
World Health Organization