At Univest, we are committed to protecting your personal and
financial information. We also believe that keeping our customers
informed is one of the best ways to help protect against online
fraud and identity theft.
Important Warning Regarding Text Alerts
Univest has been notified that there is a text phishing scam
targeting local banks including our Univest bank customers. The
text message requests that the recipient send a text back to the
sender that includes their debit card number. Please do not respond
to any text messages, calls or emails requesting any information
about your debit card, pin number or any other account
You may be getting scammed
Are you cashing or depositing a check for any of the following
- Items sold on the Internet
Is the amount on the check more than
the item's selling price?
Is the name on the check different
from the person buying your item or product?
- Winning a lottery you never entered
- Work-at-home program
- Commission for accepting funds through your bank or PayPal
Have you been asked to:
- Return some of the check proceeds while you retain a commission
- Wire, Western Union or Money Gram some of the funds to
- Send money overseas to a party not known to you?
- Pay money to receive an inheritance?
Have you responded to an email requesting you to:
- Confirm, update or provide your account information or social
If you answered 'yes' to any of the above, please
contact a Univest representative immediately.
How to Protect Yourself Against Scams
- Stay suspicious − Be wary of any offer that sounds too good to
be true, and always look for telltale signs that an email or
website may not be legitimate, such as low resolution images,
misspellings, poor grammar, or odd links.
- Practice safe surfing − Find out if a website is
potentially dangerous before you click on it by using a safe search
plug-in such as McAfee SiteAdvisor®. SiteAdvisor uses easy-to-read
red, yellow, and green check marks to rate websites when you search
- Practice safe shopping − Stick to reputable e-commerce
sites and look for a trustmark that indicates that the site has
been verified as safe by a trusted third-party, like the McAfee
SECURE™ mark. Also, look for a lock symbol and "https" at the
beginning of the web address (as opposed to just "http") to see if
the site uses encryption to protect your data.
- Use strong passwords − Make sure your passwords are at
least eight characters long and contain a variety of letters,
numbers and characters that don't spell anything. Avoid using the
same password for your important accounts, and never share your
passwords with anyone.
- Be careful when clicking − Don't click on any links in
messages from people you don't know, and if you come across a
shortened URL, use a URL expander to see where the link is directed
to before you click.
- Use a comprehensive computer security − You need complete
protection that includes anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, and a
firewall and make sure it is up to date. Online security and
safety protection, such as McAfee All Access, can help protect all
of your devices - PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets - from
holiday-related malware, phishing, spyware, and other common and
- Educate yourself − Keep up-to-date on the latest scams and
tricks cybercriminals use so you can avoid potential attacks. You
can find helpful information on the McAfee Blog and the McAfee