Community Corner

Warning: Fraudulent Text Messages Alert

It was brought to our attention that some members and non-members received fraudulent SMS notifications or “Smishing” texts on their mobile phones. Smishing, combines the words “SMS” and “phishing”, refers to the illegal practice of sending text messages to trick a victim to reveal confidential information.

Mobile users received what looks like a notification of suspicious activity coming from hawaiifcu@txt-alerts.org.

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We are here for you!

Tax season has drawn to a close and we hope you were able to file your income tax return at the lowest possible cost to you. Did you know that Hawaii Federal Credit Union is an IRS participating Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site providing free tax preparation services to the community? If you were not able to take advantage of this service for tax year 2021,

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Beware of IRS Scams!

The IRS and Social Security Administration warn that they do not initiate random contact by phone, text or email. All legitimate communication is typically done by U.S. mail. The IRS has reported the following fraudulent activities:

  • Someone posing as an IRS agent over the phone demanding payment by prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer.
  • Calls about a tax refund being recalculated that requires filling out a form.

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VITA Program Provides Free Tax Help

Complex tax laws and complicated forms present a challenge for many people each year when income tax filings are due. The Internal Revenue Service understands that some people may not be able to pay a tax preparer, especially in these challenging times. That’s where the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program can help. Established more than 50 years ago,

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Fraudsters are smart. Be smarter!

Fraudsters are growing more sophisticated and perfecting their skills with each passing day. And now that shopping, dining out and travel are dramatically rising, they’re also ramping up their game. Anyone can become a victim. However, if you just practice a few basic “smart habits,” you can protect yourself, reduce your potential for fraud losses and keep fraudsters away.

Charity and Travel Scams

  • If someone is pressuring you into making a donation “now” – don’t do it!

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