Common security threats

Working together, Vancity and its members do a great job of protecting you and your money, there are still a number of common threats and scams that all financial institutions need to deal with – and that every member should know about. In this section, we’ll give you an overview of the major common threats – what they are, how to deal with them, and easy steps you can take to minimize the risk to yourself and your credit union.

Online and mobile banking fraud
In this section, we’ll introduce you to online risks including phishing and fraudulent emails, malware and spyware, and mobile banking fraud.

Identity theft
Find out more in this section about how to protect yourself from identity theft - where someone pretends to be you in order to spend your money, apply for loans or for other uses.

Cheque fraud
Learn more about cheque fraud – what it is, how it works and how you can protect yourself from being a victim.

Payment Card (Prepaid, debit and credit card) fraud
There are a range of scams out there designed to steal your credit card and debit card information, both at stores and businesses, and when shopping online. Find out how you can protect yourself.

Mortgage fraud
A sophisticated type of fraud that can have major consequences for your money. Find out what it is and how to prevent it.

Other common scams
These are other lesser-known scams that still pose a risk to members and Vancity. Don’t let them happen to you.

 
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