When you send information to GPS Capital Markets certain information is necessary for us to follow up with you, this includes: Name, contact information and comments.
Identity theft occurs when someone uses your name or personal information, such as, telephone number, driver’s license number, credit card number or account numbers, without your permission. Identity thieves use this information to open credit accounts, bank accounts, telephone service accounts and make major purchases.
Identity theft commonly begins with the loss or theft of a wallet or purse. However, there are many other ways that criminals can get and use your personal information in order to commit identity theft. The following are some examples:
Phishing (pronounced “fishing”) refers to fraudulent communication designed to deceive consumers into divulging personal, financial or account information. Phishing e-mails continue to be prevalent for individuals and companies. Spoofing well-known companies, these e-mails ask consumers to reply, or “click” a link to a fraudulent web page that will ask for personal information, such as their credit card number, Social Security number or account password. These fraudulent e-mails are often difficult to identify, but there are some techniques you can use to protect yourself. Below are some examples:
Sense of Urgency: Phishing e-mails often try to create a false sense of urgency intended to provoke the recipient to take immediate action; for example, phishing e-mails frequently instruct recipients to “validate” or “update” account information or face cancellation. Be very cautious of any e-mail asking you to update sensitive information particularly if it has a generic greeting.
Links in E-mails: Nearly every commercial e-mail today contains a “link to a website,” or website address (URL). Links are used by business as a convenience for their customers to help them easily find information the customer is looking for. Unfortunately, phishers also use links to drive customers to “fake” or “spoofed” websites. Look for the warning signs outlined above (generic greetings, sense of urgency). If you are suspicious of the e-mail, do not click on any links contained in it. Instead, go to the website by using your “favorites” if you have it saved, or type the website’s URL directly into your browser.
If you are suspicious of an e-mail you receive, you should forward the e-mail to the legitimate company being impersonated. Today, most financial institutions have an e-mail address where you can forward the suspicious e-mail. If you receive an e-mail claiming to be from GPS that you believe to be suspicious, please forward the e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will review the e-mail and, if it is fraudulent, we will take appropriate action.
Phone Phishing (also called “Vishing”) is another way fraudsters try to collect sensitive information from you. In this type of fraud, the fraudster will either contact you by telephone or send you a fake e-mail and ask for you to respond by telephone.
If you have already responded to a suspicious caller with your GPS account information and you believe it to be fraudulent, please contact GPS immediately by calling your Account Manager.
GPS goes to great lengths to protect your Account from fraudulent use. Below are some examples of the ways we protect your Account from fraudulent use.
After conducting a trade with GPS, the account’s primary contact or designated email address will receive a trade confirmation disclosing the trade order, including the transaction amount, exchange rate and delivery instructions, if applicable.
GPS has monitoring systems and controls in place to detect fraudulent activity and protect our Client’ accounts from misuse.
If we detect a questionable transaction on your account, we will contact you to verify its legitimacy and may request supporting documentation.