Phone Scam Targeting ANC Shareholders

Thank you to Eyak Corporation for alerting us to a scam targeting shareholders of Alaska Native corporations (ANCs), whereby a scammer claiming to be an ANC representative may call and request a shareholder’s (or a family member’s) banking or personal information, such as his or her Social Security number.

If you receive a call like this, please do not share your personal or banking information. Instead, hang up and immediately contact the ANC’s shareholder department to report the call.

Please remember that to protect our shareholders’ confidentiality and personal information, it is important that we know who we are speaking to before releasing any information. That’s why CIRI Shareholder Relations staff asks questions intended to confirm your identity before discussing your CIRI records. The questions asked pertain to a variety of information contained in your CIRI stock records, such as verifying your shareholder identification number, which is one reason it’s so important to treat your shareholder identification number confidentially. However, like most legitimate businesses, CIRI will never ask you for your full Social Security number as a means of verifying your identity, nor will CIRI ask you to verify your bank account number over the phone.

If, at any time, you receive a call from someone saying they are from CIRI, but you are unsure whether you are communicating with a CIRI staff member, simply advise that you will contact CIRI directly. Then, call CIRI Shareholder Relations as soon as possible by dialing (907) 263-5191 or 1-800- 764-2474 (press “0”) and ask to speak to someone about your concerns.