Closer cooperation among Guam Banking Association members and other institutions could help them fight off skimmers and other bank fraud.
GBA is a group of banking and financial institutions in the region. Bank of Guam, Bank of Hawaii, Bank Pacific, and First Hawaiian Bank are some of its members.
FHB was a recent victim of skimmers; some of the bank’s clients’ accounts were compromised. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has a continuing investigation, resulting in arrests and prosecutions.
In 2010, GBA also alerted its members and the public of a fraudulent phone call and text scam. The scam begins with a text message that had a phone number and asks the client to call their local bank. A recorded message will answer the client once they call the phone number and they will be informed that their account is going to be deactivated. The recorded message would then ask the caller for their 16-digit credit card number.