Phishing Scams Targeted Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union Customers
Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union, located in Texas (US), is being continuously inflicted with phishing scams in which scammers are reportedly roping in important personalities.
The reports state that the members of the Credit Union have been receiving a large number of phishing e-mails during the recent days, with some purporting to be sent from the Credit Union while the rest purporting to be sent from financial institutions including credit card companies.
Typically, the e-mail says that the recipient's debit card, credit card or ATM card has a problem. Some other messages inform that an illegal access was being attempted to access such cards. But the objective is to get the user to reveal his bank account or credit card numbers.
Meanwhile, the Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union confirmed these e-mails weren't sent from them. Further, to spread awareness about the scam e-mails among its customers, the Credit Union posted a reminder on its official website (http://bvscu.org) telling customers that it wouldn't ever request them to e-mail their banking or personal details.
Besides, the website posted another important warning. Accordingly, if any person visits an alternative website of the actual Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union site, it would not be responsible for that site's content. Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union represents neither the member nor the outside party who might transact with each other, the posting cautioned.
Thus, security specialists state that the postings clearly suggest customers to realize that the said e-mails coming to them are phishing e-mails. This is a work of phishers, not the Credit Union.
Meanwhile, according to the investigating officials, all phishing attacks must be reported to the Internet Crime Complaint Center that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National White Collar Crime Center and the Credit Union jointly run. The officials also warn users never to respond to such e-mails with personal and/or their account information.
In addition, officials are recommending that residents struck with the scam should contact the Office of the Texas Attorney General at 800-252-8011, or the Federal Trade Commission at 877-382-4357.
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» SPAMfighter News - 18-03-2009