Security Center Alerts

November 21, 2014

McCoy Federal Credit Union wants to warn its members and the community about a phone scam. Here is how this scam works.

You receive a call that someone you know, a friend, a family member, a loved one, has been hurt in an accident. The caller might claim to be an Emergency Responder. The caller might identify a street location or say that the person has been taken to a local hospital. The caller will identify the person as your son, your daughter, your wife. You panic. You say the person’s name.

Now that the caller has a name he/ she begins to refer to your friend, a family member, a loved one by name.

The caller tells you that your friend, family member or loved one caused the accident and that a person was killed. The caller says he can make the problem go away if you pay a certain amount of money. The caller tells you to send the money via Western Union. The caller tells you that if you don’t pay the money the he will hurt or kill your friend, family member or loved one.

The caller gets aggressive, makes threats, and uses foul language. All in an attempt to intimidate you.

What should you do if you get one of these calls?

  • Do not volunteer any information. The caller is fishing for information to use against you.
  • Call your friend, family member or loved on to put your mind at ease.
  • File a report with law enforcement.