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Beware of possible Phishing scam - April 8th, 2011
Fake text message, your account has been suspended - August 1st, 2009
What is Phishing?
In a phishing scam, fraudsters send emails, text messages, or phone message, targeting a specific
organization. The fraudsters craft their correspondence to make it appear as though they are sent
by the recipientís financial institution or trusted retailer. The fraudsters will attempt to collect
personal and/or financial information by sending attachments infected with software for stealing
passwords, or by including a link in the email with a request to provide personal and/or financial
information, or by requesting the recipient to contact a number and provide personal and/or financial
information, or even threatening to disable the recipients card or account unless the recipient click
a link or provides the information requested.
Champion Credit Union will not ask for personal or financial information via email or text message. Please
be cautious and aware and do not provide this information to anyone, even if the email or website appears
legitimate. If you have any doubt regarding whom you are speaking to or about the email or message you
received, do not provide the information and contact the credit union directly. (Do not reply to email or
use the phone number in the email to contact the credit union).
Something for Nothing?
Congratulations! Youíve been notified that you wonÖ but have you? Many
consumers are falling victim to scams perpetrated to obtain information
or money from them.
Recent attempts by fraudsters include sending consumers fraudulent checks
that may also contain a notice that they have won a lottery or similar prize
pool. The consumers are also asked to pay a fee (it may be stated that the
check is to help cover these costs) to an Ďagentí to claim their prize. The
checks are most often counterfeit or fraudulent, but consumers cash them and
send a portion to the Ďagentí thinking they will receive a large sum of money.
The consumer never hears from the Ďagentí again and when the check is returned,
may be legally responsible for the funds they have receivedóincluding the ones
they sent to claim their alleged prize.
Donít fall victim to a scam. Protect yourself and remember these five (fun
but true) pieces of wisdom:
1. You canít win a lottery you didnít enter.
2. No one from Africa or any other country is going to give you 10% of anything
3. If you have to pay to claim it, you didnít really win it.
4. If it is too good to be true, it is.
5. No one runs a lottery by using just email addresses.
Also see: Identity Theft.