Phishing Attacks Reported by Two Louisiana
For Immediate Release
Baton Rouge, LA-September 15, 2009
Two New Orleans area credit unions, Homeland FCU and Jefferson Parish Employees FCU, are targets of recent phishing attacks. Members and non-members are receiving text messages informing them that their accounts have been closed, have a negative balance, or are having suspicious activity.
Individuals receiving these text messages are being asked to call a toll free number or visit a website in order to check the status of their account. These calls are not coming from a legitimate source. Never respond to or provide your personal private information through a contact you have not initiated.
Anybody could potentially be contacted even though they are not a member of one of these credit unions. In one instance, a member from one credit union received a text on behalf of another. Criminals do not discriminate, if the phone call references a specific credit union or bank and you enter a credit card number for another institution, your account can still be compromised.
Should you receive one of these text messages immediately report it to the FTC at 877-382-4357. The phone number that the call or text message is coming from is NOT important. The phone number that should be reported is the number they are asking you to call. Informing the FTC that there is a fraudulent 800 number activated will enable the FTC to disconnect the number.
Additionally, Campus Federal will never call you and request account information from you. Should you receive such a call, please contact us immediately to report it.