Fraud & Security Education

Fraud Protection

Embarrass Vermillion Federal Credit Union will NEVER use email, or text messages to request ANY account information such as names, passwords, etc. Please report any request of this type to (218) 229-2048 or email

VISA® Credit Card Dispute

Mastercard Debit Card Dispute (Shazam)

Reg GG Disclosure

Unlawful internet gambling  and other illegal activities. You agree that you are not engaged in unlawful internet gambling or any other illegal activity. You agree that you will not use any of your accounts, access devices or services for unlawful internet gambling or other illegal activities. We may terminate your account relationship if you engage in unlawful gambling or other illegal activities.

Beware of fraudulent "Oprah Millionaire Contest Show" email!

Credit unions should warn their members about a new scam that involves fraudulent e-mails telling recipients they've been nominated for the "Oprah Millionaire Contest Show." Recipients are asked to provide their contact information, including address, telephone and e-mail, though no mailing address is provided. Recipients also are told they need to purchase transportation and a ticket to attend the show and complete another contest form with personal questions. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) warns consumers not to open unsolicited e-mails or embedded links because they may contain viruses or malware. Providing personal information also will compromise one's identity, the FBI said in a press release.

Employment Scams

  • Be careful signing up for employment online with an unfamiliar organization that doesn’t require you to go in person for an interview.

  • Be cautious if you receive instructions through email from someone with an organization telling you to wire money to them.

  • Even if you have received checks prior to the one received with the instructions to wire money, or have talked to someone over the phone, does not make the organization legitimate.

Lottery Scams

If you can answer YES to any of these questions, you may be a victim of a scam.

  • Did you receive a check from the lottery even though you did not play the lottery?

  • Did you receive a check from a foreign lottery even though you’ve never played that lottery?

  • Did you know it’s against the law for a U.S. citizen to play a foreign lottery?

CLICK HERE for more information regarding lottery scams.

Tax Season Scams

When you’re filing your taxes this year, consider these helpful tips.

  • Be careful responding to emails you receive from “tax companies” requesting that you click on the link they have provided to enter your personal information.

  • Also beware of phone calls, text messages and/or suspicious mail you receive requesting your personal information in order to do your taxes.

  • Always make sure when you’re filing your taxes, you are always conducting your business with a legitimate organization that you trust.

Other Resources

Concerned about being scammed or involved in a FRAUD? Immediately contact us at (218) 229-2048 to be directed to our Risk Management department if you can answer "yes" to any of THESE questions.

  • Visit the Office of the Attorney General's HOMEPAGE.

  • CLICK HERE for the Federal Trade Commission - Protecting America's Consumers.

  • Take the TEST. Are you at risk for fraud?