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Mazuma CU innundated with calls in smishing attack
KANSAS CITY (5/1/08)--Mazuma CU, Kansas City, Mo., received an overwhelming number of phone calls regarding a smishing attack April 23. Identity thieves sent fraudulent text messages to cell phone users in the Kansas City area, claiming to be Mazuma CU. The messages told recipients their accounts had been closed because of suspicious activity and asked that they call a phone number (CourierNet April 30). Mazuma is working to disable the fraud attempts, but new phone numbers and e-mails appear after old ones are shut down, according to the Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA). The credit union also has posted alerts to its website, and a local ABC affiliate has warned consumers about the attacks. Mazuma implemented a credit-card fraud detector that applies to debit transactions and saved more than $8,000 by stopping fraudulent transactions to Mexico, said Mazuma CU President/CEO Rob Givens told MCUA. “No credit union is immune to this type of attack,” said Don Cohenour, MCUA senior vice president of credit union development. “It’s important to educate your members not to reply to messages like this or provide personal information to an unsolicited phone call, text message or e-mail.” Smishing is phishing via SMS, or short message service. Smishers target users of mobile phone text messaging (News Now April 22).
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