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FBI Asks Users to be Careful of the Latest Phishing Scam

Security officials, who work with the Health Facilities Credit Union, Florence, South California (US), state that a new phishing scam has attacked their Credit Union.

Security officials stated that the phishing scam tells especially to the non-members of the Credit Union that there is a warning mail waiting for them regarding their debit card, which is used by hackers to steal financial details.

Fortunately, few people have been fallen victim to the phishing scam till now. Moreover, the Credit Union has confirmed the scam and also issued an alert mail claiming that the Credit Union members will never ask the customers to disclose their financial details on mail or any details about the member's account.

Chief Executive Officer of Health Facilities Credit Union Florence, Robert Harris, claimed that just as they have security in the building, similarly they have security in their network. But in this case, the modus operandi is the social engineering. They appear authentic and ask for the details. Then, they will take to cleaners saying that they have come from different directions and it is tough to ensure complete protection, as reported by scnow on January 28, 2009.

In addition, the Credit Union has also asked its members to contact them on receiving any such fake mails so that they can report the case to FBI or the local authorities.

Moreover, this is another phishing case that includes Credit Union in last few months. Meanwhile, the FBI on its own has issued an alert to the US residents about phishing scams appearing to have come from a credit union or a government organization. The alert asks Americans to remain cautious.

FBI adds that usually these mails appear authentic as they contain details and call the user by name, but in reality, they are fraudulent.

FBI officials explain that this phishing scam is another attempt by hackers to take advantage of technology for accessing user's details. FBI has asked users who got unsolicited mails to report them to Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

Related article: FBI’s ICCC Annual Report Discusses Fraudulent and Non-Fraudulent Complaints

» SPAMfighter News - 12-02-2009

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