Scam Alerts

Scam Alerts

Heartbleed Bug

Information was released this week on the Heartbleed Bug, a vulnerability in OpenSSL software. This weakness enables attackers to steal information that is normally protected, including passwords, user names and communication content in order to impersonate users and services.

Achieva Credit Union has taken measures to verify that our member systems are not running vulnerable versions of OpenSSL software and that our systems are not affected by the Heartbleed vulnerability.

Additional details on the Heartbleed bug can be viewed at www.heartbleed.com. To view a useful list of popular networks that have been affected, click here.

While our systems are safe, this threat serves as a good reminder to update your passwords regularly and ensure they are strong by using at least one capital letter and at least one number.


Potential Data Breach - White Lodging Services Corporation

In a recent press release officials of White Lodging Services Corporation, an independent hotel management company, announced the suspected breach of point of sales systems from the period March 20 - December 16, 2013 at food and beverage outlets, such as restaurants and lounges, at 14 properties, listed below.  Guests at the hotel who did not use their credit card at these outlets, and guests who purchased to their room account at these outlets, were not affected. 

  • Marriott Midway, Chicago, IL
  • Holiday Inn Midway, Chicago
  • Holiday Inn Austin Northwest, Austin, TX 
  • Sheraton Erie Bayfront, Erie, PA
  • Westin Austin at the Domain, Austin, TX
  • Marriott Boulder, Boulder, CO
  • Marriott Denver South, Denver, CO
  • Marriott Austin South, Austin, TX
  • Marriott Indianapolis Downtown, Indianapolis, IN
  • Marriott Richmond Downtown, Richmond, VA
  • Marriott Louisville Downtown, Louisville KY
  • Renaissance Plantation, Plantation, FL
  • Renaissance Broomfield Flatiron, Broomfield, CO
  • Radisson Star Plaza, Merrillville, IN

To view the White Lodging press release, click here

Achieva will continue to closely monitor this situation and will share additional information as it becomes available.  Should you have a concern about your account, please stop by a local Achieva branch and we will issue you a new debit or credit card at no charge. Please contact the Member Services Center at 727.431.7680, 941.907.4000, 239.471.3560 or non-local: 800.593.2274 if you have any questions.

Potential Data Breach - Michaels

We have recently been notified of a potential data breach on various payment cards from Michaels.  In a recent press release on their website, Michaels announced that they are reviewing possible fraudulent activity on some U.S. payment cards used at Michaels. 

We are closely monitoring this situation and will contact you when additional information becomes available.  Should you have a concern about your account, please stop by a local Achieva branch and we will issue you a new debit or credit card at no charge. Please contact the Member Services Center at 727.431.7680, 941.907.4000, 239.471.3560 or non-local: 800.593.2274 if you have any questions.

For more information or to view Michaels press release click here

Target Data Breach

Target has confirmed there was a data breach for individuals that used a Credit and/or Debit card at a Target store location between November 27 and December 15. This only affects those who shopped at Target during these dates. We are taking necessary measures to monitor account activity to determine if members were affected. 



Please continue to monitor your accounts and report any fraudulent transactions immediately. If you feel your card has been compromised you may visit a branch and receive a new card instantly. Please contact us with any questions. 727.431.7680, 941.907.4000, 239.471.3560 or non-local: 800.593.2274.

IMPORTANT: Scammers are continuing to use the information received from the Target Data Breach to reach and gain additional information from individuals. Scammers may have obtained the following from the breach: names, email addresses, phone numbers, credit card and debit card information. Therefore, you may receive phone calls and emails claiming they are from Target, or other retailers, requesting personal information. Never give out your personal information. 

GOOD Security Tips 

  • Never click on an email requesting personal information. 
  • If you receive a phone call and the person is requesting personal information, do not give it to them.
  • Examples of personal information include: social security numbers, account numbers, credit/debit card numbers, credit/debit card expiration dates, banking information, birth dates, and addresses. 
  • If you feel you have become a victim and shared personal information, contact your financial institution immediately. 
  • Achieva offers a comprehensive Fully Managed Restoration and Identity Management solution called ID|Defense. Click here for details.
  • Continue to monitor your account closely and report any suspicious activity to your financial institution immediately. 


Visit Target’s website for full information regarding the data breach and how they are communicating to customers. www.Target.com