June 23, 2006
NCUA ISSUES PHISHING ALERT - Agency Website Illegally Cloned
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) issued an alert last Thursday noting that the agency's name, logo and Website are being used repeatedly in spammed messages that are being distributed across the country in attempts to obtain personal account information and pin numbers.
"Please be aware and alert credit union members never to respond to e-mails that appear to be official NCUA messages and surveys. As a federal agency, NCUA would not directly contact credit union members and never ask for personal account information," the alert advised.
The NCUA notice included the following links as resources for credit unions:
A downloadable brochure is available, specifically designed
for credit union members, which includes tips on how to combat
electronic identify theft;
Instructions are available online for individuals who receive phishing emails; and
Letter to Credit Unions 05-CU-20 discusses phishing and contains a comprehensive list of related information available for credit unions.