Bank Card Breach Prompts a Warning

BREA, California—Following a bank card breach involving Global Payments that compromised nearly 1.5 million cards, ECCU received an alert from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) that says, in the wake of the breach, credit union members should be vigilant about card security.

According to the CUNA alert, “the next several days or weeks are critical for credit union members to be on the alert for any suspicious emails, text messages or phone calls requesting personal or financial information, especially card data. The card information that may be requested includes:

  • Cardholder billing address
  • 3 digit CVV2/CVC2 code found on the back of the card, or
  • Enrollment criteria/passwords for Verified by Visa or MasterCard SecureCode.

This card information was not part of the Global Payments breach. Criminals may ask members for this information to add to the other card data they may have obtained from the breach to perform card present (key entered) or card-not-present (mail/telephone/internet) non-magnetic stripe transactions.”

This alert serves as a reminder that credit union members should never respond to emails, text messages, or phone calls requesting this type of information.

If you receive a suspicious request, contact ECCU immediately at 800.634.3228. Also, be sure to monitor your financial accounts closely, and report any discrepancies.