PROTECT YOURSELF ONLINE
myPay users: TAKE NOTE!
Your user ID and password gives you access to your pay information and tax statements. Providing this information to others (i.e., third parties) opens the door for potential unauthorized and fraudulent misuse of your personal and financial data.
Think about what your myPay account contains. Bank account, allotment, addresses, and other personal information...all the things identity thieves need to deny you the security and pay you've earned.
Some myPay users have given their login information during the tax season to others as way to provide W-2s, 1099Rs or other information needed to prepare tax returns. Doing so allows these third parties to avoid the security that is a major part of myPay’s ability to protect them. You must take your responsibility to protect your myPay account seriously. Financial or personal information losses are not reimbursed by the U.S. Government and unauthorized use can be punishable under federal law (18 U.S.C. § 1030).
Have you granted limited access to your account? Keep track of who you’ve allowed to review your information. Keep these permissions updated using your personal settings page and, if necessary, change passwords.
We’ll do our part….but you need to do yours to keep yourself safe.
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Read the official DFAS policy on email
In today’s world, protecting yourself online is almost as important as protecting yourself at home. Attempts to steal your identity, financial information and account numbers require everyone who uses email, shops online or transacts business with banks, credit card companies or other financial agencies to be aware and protect themselves.
Read our article about protecting yourself away from home
With millions of military, retired military and federal civilian employee customers, it’s not unusual that DFAS hears about attempts to lure individuals into revealing their personal information, including their myPay login credentials. These attempts range from enticing email messages disguised as official notices from DFAS or some other federal agency to warnings about some situation that can only be resolved with you “confirming” your profile information.
Here are some examples of email scams received by our customers:
- Update your myPay information...click here!
- Remittance of Unclaimed Funds
- Show Your Love - Fiancee Benefits Scam
If you’ve received emails supposedly from DFAS that you think are attempts to defraud you, call our customer service number to verify if we are attempting to contact you regarding some pay-related issue. Also, please read our policy regarding DFAS email contact with customers.
You can also learn more about scams and how to protect your computer and home network at the following websites:
- FBI Internet Fraud
- U.S. CERT (Computer Emergency Readiness Team) - Using Caution with Email Attachments
- U.S. CERT - Tips for non-technical computer users
- Federal Trade Commission - Computers & The Internet - includes info on scams, computer security, online shoppng and other topics
- OnGuardOnline - Common Online Scams
- Internet Crime Complaint Center (a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center)
Updated Jan. 5, 2017