Fraud ALERT! - October 2009
Credit unions members in the area are receiving text messages and phone calls informing them that their debit card has been blocked. This scam is an attempt to get callers to disclose their debit card numbers and other personal information. Do not reply or give any information! If you are unsure of any messages you may receive, please call us at 315-488-4433.
Fraud ALERT! - May 2009
Fraudulent checks are being mailed to U.S. residents. These checks are sent with a letter from Settlement Corporation that informs the recipient they have won a 3rd Grand Prize from the Readers Digest Sweepstake Lottery. These checks were written for approximately $2,900.00 and the check numbers appear to begin with 005---. Please contact Judi or Katie as soon as possible at 315-488-4433 if you have received one of these fraudulent checks.that display the ACMG logo!
Fraud ALERT! - February 2009
With the current media coverage of the stimulus package and the dire financial situations of most Americans, scammers have devised another phishing scam to steal personal information! Identity theives posing as representatives of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are sending spam e-mails promising government economic stimulus packages. The message has a downloadable form that is really an identity theft tool to capture personal information. DO NOT RESPOND TO ANY E-MAILS REQUESTING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION.
Fraud ALERT! - January 2009
Recently members of Empower FCU and other non-members in the Syracuse area have received text messages on their cell phone. This message appears to come from Empower Federal Credit Union and directs the recipient to call a toll-free number for "our card activation hotline." Once connected, an automated system asks for your card number, expiration date, and PIN. Do not reply to this message! Personal information should never be entered into any automated response system or given in response to a contact you did not initiate. No credit union will ever call, text or email you requesting that you give us personal information! Please call us immediately if you have responded to one of these messages or have any concerns.
Fraud ALERT! - July 2008
PHONE SCAM ALERT: Recently members of Auburn Community FCU and other non-members received phone calls asking them to provide information in order to activate their Visa Cards. We have been informed that they are now targeting the Syracuse area also. THIS IS A PHONE SCAM. DO NOT GIVE AWAY ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION SUCH AS YOUR CARD NUMBER, PIN, CVV NUMBER, OR CARD EXPIRATION DATE! THESE PHONE CALLS MAY EVEN OCCUR OVER THE WEEKEND WHEN MOST FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE CLOSED. Local Credit Unions are NOT initiating these calls. We are continuing to work with local law enforcement regarding these calls. If you did give any of your personal information away and you are a member of ACMG, please contact us by calling (315) 488-4433.
Fraud ALERT! - June 2008
New York State Banking Department Notifies Public
of Fraudulent E-Mail Claiming to be from Superintendent Richard H. Neiman
New York, N.Y.: The New York State Banking Department today notified the public of fraudulent e-mails that are being sent out, falsely claiming to be from one of its divisions.
Information was received by the Banking Department that individuals are receiving e-mails that have the appearance of being sent from Richard H. Neiman, Superintendent of Banks for the State of New York. The e-mail, part of an apparent targeted phishing scheme, informs the recipient that the Holocaust Claims Processing Office (HCPO), a division of the New York State Banking Department, and the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC) are paying Holocaust survivors and their heirs.
This e-mail is a fraudulent attempt to obtain personal information including full name, home address, occupation and personal identification. Individuals should NOT access any of the links provided within the body of the e-mail and should NOT, under any circumstances, provide any personal information in response. Individuals are asked to report any similar attempts to obtain this information to the HCPO by sending information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"We strongly urge anyone who may receive this fraudulent e-mail to please contact the Banking Department to report it,” said Superintendent Neiman. "We are working closely with the relevant state and federal agencies, including the New York State Office of Cyber Security, to identify the perpetrators of this heartless scam targeted at the families of Holocaust victims and survivors."
For more information on phishing scams and how to avoid them, please visit http://www.banking.state.ny.us/brphish.htm or the New York State Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination (CSCIC) at http://www.cscic.state.ny.us.
The New York State Banking Department is the regulator for all state-chartered banking institutions, virtually all of the United States offices of international banking institutions, all of the State’s mortgage brokers, mortgage bankers, check cashers, money transmitters and budget planners. The aggregate assets of the depository institutions supervised by the Banking Department are more than $1.8 trillion.
In addition to regulating banking institutions, the Banking Department is active in informing and educating all New Yorkers on banking matters. To contact the Banking Department, please call 1-877-BANK-NYS or visit our Web site at www.banking.state.ny.us.
Fraud ALERT! - April 2008
There is a new text message scam that involves unsolicited text messages sent to cell phones. The message urges the recipient to call a number provided for information about account discrepancies and then solicits individual account information and pin numbers.
Cell phone users should be wary of unsolicited text messages. Such messages should be deleted and all deleted test messages should be removed, if possible, as the perpetrators have been known to use Spyware* in conjunction with their text message solicitations. Such a scam could be used to obtain personally identifiable information and credit union account access information, for those who access their accounts using their cell phones.
* Spyware is software installed on your computer or cell phone without your consent and it monitors or controls your use of the device.
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