Military credit unions warn of phishing scams in e-mails
WASHINGTON — Military credit unions are again warning members not to fall victim to e-mail scams asking for customers’ financial and personal information.
In the last week, both the Navy Federal Credit Union and the Marine Federal Credit Union have posted warnings about e-mail “phishing” scams where unknown opportunists are posing as employees asking for credit card numbers, financial information and passwords for alleged account verification.
Both financial institutions have said it is against their policies to solicit personal passwords or account data from customers via e-mail, making any message asking for that information clearly fraudulent.
In the latest scam, an e-mail informs Marine credit union customers that their accounts have been locked because “it may have been compromised by outside parties” and links to an unsecured Web site which includes a copy of the credit union’s logo.
The site is not affiliated with the credit union.
Credit union officials encourage their customers to call and verify any suspicious correspondence before giving out any personal information.
Both companies said they are investigating the source of the scams. Officials from the Air Force Federal Credit Union reported similar problems earlier this year.