Unfortunately, in today’s world, scams are inevitable. Here are some tips to protect yourself.
- Never share your personal information, including date of birth, Social Security number or banking account information.
- Limit information shared on social media.
- PVREA will never call you, asking for payment to avoid immediate disconnection. Instead, PVREA notifies member of an upcoming disconnection, and asks the member to call in and make a secure payment. If you receive a utility scammer call, notify the Co-op right away!
- Do not click links or call numbers in unexpected emails or texts – especially those asking for your account information.
- Make sure all your computer software––including your web browser––are updated with the latest software.
- Create a strong password and keep it private, and regularly change passwords and passphrases; don’t use the same passwords for multiple accounts.
- Treat all Wi-Fi networks as a potential security risk. Encrypt sensitive data when using a public Wi-Fi network. And never check financial or other sensitive accounts when using public Wi-Fi.
- Be on the lookout for emails, phone calls and other messages that try to get to secure data.
- Don’t click on links or attached files in emails or text messages from senders you don’t know. Even if you do know the sender, hover over the link before you click as they may have been hacked or someone could be spoofing them!
Date Published: Wednesday | May 29, 2019