Phishing Scam Attacks Local Credit Union in Pennsylvania
On October 24, 2008, a phishing mail scam started ringing phones at Allegheny Ludlum, a credit union, In Pennsylvania. The fake official notification tells the cardholders of Allegheny Ludlum Brackenridge Federal Credit Union that their internet account duration has over.
Further, the fraudulent mail directs the customers to visit the site and provide their account number. Both members and non-members reported the Credit Union about the fake mail scam.
Actually, a link is provided to steal private details. This kind of mail is an inauthentic way to extract private details. The State Attorney General cautions people about phishing mails masked as mails from retirement or investment accounts.
The Allegheny Ludlum Brackenridge Federal Credit Union said that they did not send any of these mails as the union never asks for details. Also, these mails are sent randomly for ID theft as people who called in the morning are not members of the credit union.
The union also added that customers should not reveal their details. Rather, they should call the union and confirm, whether the union wants to contact or not . They should also call the police. Further, financial organizations do not require private information as they already have it.
US Postal Inspector, Barbara Burnhauser, said that the real credit union is not involved in the scheme and its files are not hacked. Also, these phishing mails are common and they attack banks and individuals, as reported by tmcnet on October 26, 2008.
In addition, some fake mails also seem to have come from retirement plans, bank, investment account or other organizations and ask customers to divulge their private details. Further, authentic banks and financial firms never demand for such details or make phone calls.
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