Financial Fraud

A Message on Behalf of LASD and POPA FCU…

It is the goal of POPA FCU and LASD personnel to provide our members (and their families) an information resource center specifically related to financial crimes. Articles below relating to financial fraud trends are updated periodically for your convenience.

CLICK HERE for a list of typical financial fraud schemes affecting our society today.

CLICK HERE for ways to protect your online identity.

Updated Fraud Prevention Service For Your VISA® Credit Cards

1. When potential fraud is detected, you will receive an automatic email notification with the option to reply with “fraud” or “no fraud.”

2. One minute after the email, you will receive a text alert, which also has the “fraud” or “no fraud” option.

3. If there is no response received, you will then receive automatic phone calls to confirm or deny fraud. The call will also give the option of speaking to a fraud analyst.

Remember – our messages will never ask for your PIN or account number.

In our continuing efforts to keep your accounts secure, we’ve improved our alert system for potential fraud. Here’s how it works:

Recent Fraud Related Articles

Scam Alert

It has come to our attention that an email has be impersonating our collections department and attempting to solicit a response from membership.

We recommend members to disregard this email. If you have any questions please contact us at 562.229.9181.

Sample of suspicious email:

From: Collection Department → Fraudster
To: Member
Subject: Import Notices

Dear Member,
Bank Name: POPA Federal Credit Union
Bank Account Number: XXXXX
_Tomorrow is your last chance to resolve this matter outside the court house.
In event if we do not receive your payment tomorrow then apart from getting laid off by your current employer after we send them the legal notice you will be blacklisted from getting any job.

Through an IRS (Internal Revenue Service) your social security number will be put on hold causing severe damage to your credit history or credit report and your income paychecks will be put on hold.

Any child support, disability, unemployment or retirement benefits will be either place on hold or will be stopped until the outcome of the case…_

Recent Data Breach at Chipotle Mexican Grill

Please be aware that the recent unauthorized access to payment processing data at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants may impact you. If you have used your POPA MasterCard Debit Card and/or POPA VISA Credit Card at Chipotle between March 24th through April 18th 2017, we recommend that you closely monitor your accounts for any suspicious or unusual activity. We also encourage you to set up “Alerts” on Online Banking to immediately notify you via text or email on account transactions. If you suspect fraud, please contact us immediately, at which point we would block and replace your debit or VISA card. POPA has taken precautionary measures to keep all its members’ information safe and confidential. For details regarding the data breach, please see Chipotle’s press release below.

Chipotle Breach Information

Recent Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Data Breach

Please be aware that the recent data breach on FOP’s database is in no way related to POPA FCU – please rest assure that all of our Credit Union data remain secure and we hold our member data security with critical importance as we continue to monitor systems and improve processes that protect our members’ information.

According to the press release from FOP, social security numbers were not collected by the union so that information was not compromised. However, member names, addresses and birth dates were part of the breach; FOP members are encouraged to take precautions pertaining to safety, including monitoring of personal credit reports.

Please visit FOP’s California chapter’s link for the full press release and all information relating to the data breach here:
FOP Data Breach Message

Complete list of Fraud Articles

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