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ND Credit Union Members Bear Brunt Of E-mail Fraud

Members of the Notre Dame Federal Credit Union were victimized in a new e-mail fraud persuading them to reveal their private data. A man was also held for perpetrating the e-mail fraud and to induce associates of the Notre Dame Federal Credit Union (NDFCU) to divulge their confidential details.

The Internet site, which seemed to have emerged from the Netherlands, was shut down on September 4, 2007, told Leo Ditchcreek, Notre Dame Federal Credit Union's President and CEO, according to news reported in the September 5, 2007 issue of southbendtribune.

E-mail scams attempting to steal an individual's cash have been a perpetual nuisance since time immemorial and are here to stay. Only the modus operandi are going to vary, appended Ditchcreek.

However, several members had already disclosed a few of their classified personal details, like their credit and debit card details and personal identification numbers.

In similar case, on September 5, 2007, the Californian Police arrested a guy, who claimed to be the brain behind an email con aiming the Notre Dame Credit Union.

The fraud became public on 31st August 2007, when the Notre Dame Federal Credit Union's site issued a warning asking members to watch out for any e-mail communication claiming to have been issued by the credit union.

The communication issued by the credit union reads - several credit union members may be targets of a net fraud perpetrated to hack credit card details. In case any member has got an e-mail that looks to have emerged from Notre Dame Federal Credit Union informing his access has been restricted or requesting him to enter a survey, desist from opening any link that requires your confidential details.

It seemed that yet another e-mail was also aiming a few members, informing them that a server with an overseas IP (Internet Protocol) address had vainly tried to hack their Internet accounts. Thus, they were instructed to log into a "protected" computer at onlinebanking.ndfcu.org and check their accounts for any anomaly.

Opening the hyperlink took the members to a non-NDFCU site created to resemble the real NDFCU site. A main dissimilarity was that the counterfeit site didn't have the cautionary posted on the actual Website.

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