MADISON, Wis. (1/26/09)--Credit unions nationwide are reporting that their members have been targeted by scams--including scams that have origins overseas. Achieve FCU, Berlin, Conn. said that two dozen of its members lost money after sending debit card passwords to scammers that requested personal financial information (The Hartford Courant
Jan. 23). The scammers had contacted members saying their accounts had been frozen. One member lost $2.76--all she had in her account--while others lost $400, which is the maximum amount a member can withdraw in one day, Mary Budnick, Achieve vice president of operations, told the newspaper. The scammers that targeted Achieve members were located in Romania and in Spain (Journal Register News Service
Jan. 22). The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) warned its consumers, businesses and financial institutions Jan. 15 about fraudulent e-mails purporting to be from the Federal Reserve Bank. The e-mails state that a phishing attack has hit the Fedwire system and recipients are asked to click on links for more information. The links redirect recipients to Web pages that attempt to load malware, the FDIC said. The agency urged e-mail recipients to delete the messages. Other scams:
* Duke University FCU, Durham, N.C., was targeted by a phishing scam. E-mails purporting to be from the credit union asked recipients to submit their personal financial information. The e-mail included links to a website with a replica of the credit union’s logo (Targeted News Service Jan. 15); * Langley FCU, Hampton, Va., reported that texts were sent to members’ cell phones in Hampton roads asking for personal information (DailyPress.com Jan. 21); * Empower FCU, Syracuse, N.Y., said fraudulent text messages were sent to members asking for personal financial information to reactivate their ATM cards (The Post-Standard/Herald Journal Jan. 14); and * The Michigan Credit Union League’s Michigan Monitor noted Dec. 22 that the latest fraud trends it has seen include fraudulent charges made at gas stations and discount stores nationwide.