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Caution On Twitter Account Impersonating a CU
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (5/10/13)--A Twitter account has been found to be impersonating a credit union.

As of Wednesday there was an active Twitter account that claimed to be St. Pius X Church FCU in Rochester, N.Y., Gregory Hurley, editor of Credit Union Online, said in a column Wednesday.

A visit to the account (@SPXFCU) Thursday by News Now revealed no tweets on the account.

The account displayed the $70 million asset credit union's logo, with a link to its website and phone number. When Hurley visited the credit union's website, he didn't find any links to a Twitter account so he called St. Pius X Church FCU, and verified the Twitter account was not associated with the credit union.

Hurley listed some best practices before following a credit union  on Twitter:

  • Do not use Twitter's search feature to look for a credit union.
  • Members should visit their credit union's website and look for a link to its official Twitter account.
  • If members see an account that is impersonating their credit union, they should  contact the credit union and report it.
To report impersonations on Twitter accounts, credit unions should use the link below.

The Credit Union National Association recommends that consumers use aSmarterChoice.org to find a credit union they can join. aSmarterChoice.org is a joint project of CUNA and the American Association of Credit Union Leagues. It is aimed at helping create consumer awareness of credit unions and building membership.
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