A new phishing scam attempt using the Credit Union National Association's name informs recipients about "irregular check card activity" and advises them to call a toll-free number to get any restrictions removed.
CUNA, (NOT CUNA Mutual Group), is being used as the subject of a phishing message targeting credit union members to collect personal account information, plastic card numbers, and passwords. CUNA and Members 1st Credit Union is warning members who receive the e-mail not to click on the link to the fake web page, just delete the message.
This new phishing-scam attempt using the Credit Union National Association's name, informs recipients about "irregular check card activity" and advises them to call a toll-free number to get any restrictions removed. Members should NOT call the toll-free number. The call is a ploy to get personal account information, possibly for identity theft purposes.
Recipients received a message as a:
"CUNA Alert: Irregular Check Card Activity"
"We detected irregular activity on check card on Oct. 25/2007. For your protection, you must reactivate your card. Call us immediately at 1.866.840.2863. We will review the activity on your account with you and upon verification, we will remove any restrictions placed on your account.
Please disregard this notice if you have already accessed the website or spoken with one of our representatives."
As a trade association for U.S. credit unions, CUNA does not maintain any type of member financial information and that CUNA or Members 1st would never request personal identification information over the phone or by email.
And while this phone number has since been disabled, a new phishing
e-mail with a different phone number started making the rounds on October 30, 2007.
Also, another phish making the rounds earlier with CUNA's name on it comes from a gmail.com address and addresses "Credit Union National Association SERVICE." It says CUNA ensures security "by regularly screening the accounts in our system. We recently reviewed your account, and we need more information to help us provide you with secure service." It provides a "case ID" and a link to a fake website mimicking CUNA's.
Please note that Members 1st Credit Union will never ask you to update your account information via the web or by phone. If you receive any type of solicitation to update your account information, please disregard the solicitation and contact the Credit Union right away at (530) 222-6060.