Phone Scam Hits Area

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Phone Scam Hits Area

Valley Telecommunications wishes to remind its members that it is very important to protect personal information, such as social security numbers, telephone records, and bank and credit card information.

 Within the last week, Valley is aware of at least one situation in their service area in which a customer provided personal information to an individual under false pretenses. This practice is known as pretexting. Pretexters are often times very convincing and work hard to gain the trust of those they have contacted. Pretexters use a variety of tactics to get your personal information. When the pretexter has the information he wants, he uses it to access your accounts. He pretends to be you, or someone with authorized access to your account. In addition, the pretexter often times will sell your personal information to others, such as identity thieves, who intend to commit fraud using the purchased personal information.

Often times, consumers targeted by identity thieves usually dont know theyve been victimized until the imposter fails to pay the bills or loans that may have been established using the consumers personal information.

In order to protect yourself from pretexting, the FTC has provided the following recommendations: 1) Dont give out your personal information on the phone, via email, or via postal mail unless youve initiated the contact or unless you are sure that it is safe.; 2) Never use your pets name (or childrens name) as a password; 3) Ask the companies you do business with about their policies for preventing pretexting; 4) Be VERY careful if you answer surveys and be careful of the information that you, or those in your family provide; 5) Order a copy of your credit report annually. Make sure its accurate and includes only those activities that youve authorized.

If you think that you are a victim of pretexting, and/or identity theft, the FTC recommends that you do the following: 1) Report it to your financial institution and those you do business with immediately and establish new passwords and/or PIN numbers; 2) Contact the fraud departments at the three major credit reporting companies (Equifax: 1-800-525-6285, Experian: 1-888-397-3742, Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289); 3) Contact your local police as soon as possible and ask to file a report. Even if the police cant catch the pretexter, having a police report on file can help you in clearing your credit records later on; 4) Contact the Federal Trade Commission as soon as possible (1-877-438-4338).

Remember, Valley will never ask for your personal information via email or phone and will provide account information, only after you have verified your security password. We are committed to protecting your account information. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this information, please contact Valleys business office at 437-2615.

Exclusive Live Volleyball Coverage

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EXCLUSIVE LIVE VOLLEYBALL COVERAGE

Valley Video is pleased to announce EXCLUSIVE coverage of the South Dakota High School State Volleyball Championships. Tune to Valley Video Channels 297, 298, and 299. The Second Round schedule is as follows:

Class AA @ Brookings

Valley Video Channel 297

Huron vs Sioux Falls Washington

12 Noon

Watertown vs Sioux Falls Lincoln

1:45 pm

Aberdeen Central vs Rapid City Stevens

6:00 pm

Rapid City Central vs Sioux Falls Roosevelt

7:45 pm

 

 

Class A @ Watertwon

Valley Video Channel 298

Custer vs Elk Point Jefferson

12 Noon

Sioux Valley vs Sioux Falls Christian

1:45 pm

Wagner vs Platt-Geddes

6:00 pm

Milbank vs Mobridge-Pollock

7:45 pm

 

 

Class B @ Watertwon

Valley Video Channel 299

Andes Central vs Parker

12 Noon

Highmore-Harrold vs Lemmon

1:45 pm

Arlington vs Mt.Vernon

6:00 pm

White River vs Warner

7:45 pm

 

 

 

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Phishing Scam

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Phishing Scam

Attention Valley Internet Users…

We have been advised by our internet provider that a new Phishing Scam is making the rounds. If you receive the following email, DO NOT REPLYDELETE the message immediately! If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact Valleys Internet Help Desk at 1-888-866-0812.

To read the complete text of the newest Phishing Scam, see below.

Remember that Valley will NEVER ask for your account information via email. We already have your account information and will verify sensitive information with you, ONLY after verifying the security account password that you have placed on your account.

 

Following is the complete text of the phishing scam:

Account Department!

Upgrade/Maintenance All valleytel.net Email Accounts

We regret to announce to you that we will be making some system maintenance on our valleytel.net Webmail account. During this process you might have login problems in signing into your valleytel.net Webmail account, but to prevent this you have to confirm your account immediately after you receive this notification.

To confirm and to keep your vallytel.net webmail active during and after this process, please reply to this message with the below valleytel.net Webmail account information. Failure to do this might cause a permanent deactivation of your valleytel.net Webmail account from our data base to enable us create more spaces for the 2009 session.

Send your valleytel.net Webmail account for confirmation stating:

* valleytel.net ID:

*Password:

*Date of Birth:

Your account shall remain active after you have successfully confirmed your account details. We thank you for your prompt attention to this notification.

Please understand that this is a security measure intended to help protect your valleytel.net Webmail account.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Valley Telecommunications Hep Desk

New Phishing Scam

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New Phishing Scam

We have been advised by our internet provider that a new Phishing Scam is making the rounds. If you receive the following email, DO NOT REPLY and DO NOT CLICK on the link. DELETE the message immediately! If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact Valleys Internet Help Desk at 1-888-866-0812.

Phishing Email Example:

Dear user of the goldenwest.net mailing service!
 
We are informing you that because of the security upgrade of the mailing service your mailbox (user@goldenwest.net) settings were changed. In order to apply the new set of settings click on the following link:
http://goldenwest.net/owa/service_directory/settings.php?email=user@goldenwest.net&from=goldenwest.net&fromname=user
 
Best regards, goldenwest.net Technical Support.

Think Pink Donation Presented

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Think Pink Donation Presented

 Think pink volunteers

With the overwhelming support of our local communities, Valley Staff presented a check in the amount of $1,782.44 to Charlene Lund, of the American Cancer Society. The donation was made possible by the sale of the Lets Sync…Wear Pink Shirt Sales organized by Valley Office Staff.

Valley invites everyone who purchased a pink shirt to wear them each and every Friday in October in support of the nationwide Think Pink..Breast Cancer Awareness Program.

Over the next 5 Fridays, we will feature pictures on our website of Valley Members participating in this important campaign. Send your pictures to webmaster@valleytel.net and we will post them on our homepage!

To learn more about the National Breast Cancer Awareness Effort, please click HERE.

According to a report issued by the American Cancer Society, breast cancer death rates in the United States continue to decline by more than 2% per year. This and other breast cancer statistics were published in Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2009-2010. Click HERE.

Valley Wireless Special

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VALLEY WIRELESS SPECIAL – 3 DAYS ONLY!

 Now is a great time to change to Valley Wireless! For 3 DAYS ONLY we are offering a FREE handset of your choice, FREE Activation, and 3 Months of Service FREE!

Its our best offer ever – for 3 days only! Call Valley at 437-2615 for all of the details!

Today is the Day!

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Today Is The Day! Join us in Herreid for our 54th Annual Members Meeting.

 Movie

We have a very special evening planned beginning with our FREE Appreciation Meal served by Occasions by Mary from 5pm to 7pm at the Herreid Community Center. Valley members will be treated to Knoepfla, Sauerkraut, Sausage, Kuchen, Kool-Aid, and Coffee.

Member Registration also begins at 5pm at the Herreid School Gymnasium and will continue until the start of the business meeting. Each registered member will receive a FREE gift from Valley. Members will be entertained by The Statler Brother Wannabes of Eureka, SD.

The Annual Meeting will be called to order at 7pm by Board President Dean Wessel. President Wessel, General Manager/CEO John Tormoehlen, Attorney Darla Rogers, and Marketing Coordinator Kaye VanderVorst will present valuable information to the membership. Door prize drawings will be held throughout the evening and the meeting will conclude with the Grand Prize drawing for $250 in Cold, Hard Cash!

We look forward to seeing you later today!

Meeting Construction Update: Due to the weather, paving has not yet started on Herreids main street. We are in contact with the project engineers and will provide updates as they are made available to us. We expect that there will be some construction taking place on Wednesday. We will provide a map at the Community Center so that members will have a better idea of where to park. We appreciate your patience and we hope that this will not deter you from attending this very important membership meeting. We look forward to seeing you at our Annual Meeting Today!

THINK PINK FRIDAY IS HERE!

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THINK PINK FRIDAY IS HERE!

Think pink staff

Join us, beginning Friday, October 2, 2009 and wear pink to show your support for breast cancer awareness. Valleys staff is honored to promote this important project in our local communities. So. ..Lets Sync…Wear Pink!

Over the next 5 Fridays, we will feature pictures on our website of Valley Members participating in this important campaign. Send your pictures to webmaster@valleytel.net and we will post them on our homepage!

To learn more about the National Breast Cancer Awareness Effort, please click HERE.

According to a report issued by the American Cancer Society, breast cancer death rates in the United States continue to decline by more than 2% per year. This and other breast cancer statistics were published in Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2009-2010. Click HERE.

FCC Consumer Advisory

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FCC Consumer Advisory

The FCC is warning consumers about a long distance phone scam that causes some consumers to inadvertently incure high charges on their phone bills. The scam works like this: Consumers receive a message telling them to call a phone number with an 809, 284 or 876 area code in order to collect a prize, find out information about a sick relative, etc.

The caller assumes the number is a typical three-digit U.S. area code; however, the caller is actually connected to a phone number outside the U.S. which is usually associated with an international pay-per-call service. In the past the scam was usually associated with land line phones, but it is now affecting wireless consumers too.

To read the entire Consumer Advisory from the FCC Website, click HERE.

Think Pink Shirts are Here!

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Think Pink Shirts are Here!

Think Pink shirts may be picked up at the following locations:

Think pink logo

Herreid

Valley

Eureka

Great Plains Bank

Pollock

Campbell County Bank

Leola

Leola School

Mound City

Campbell County Courthouse

Hosmer

Farmers State Bank

Ipswich

Ipswich State Bank