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Florida AG CU target of brazen e-mail scam
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (12/10/07)--Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum recently informed the public that many Florida consumers, including state employees, have received fake e-mails from scammers who are fraudulently posing as representatives of First Florida CU. The scam is especially brazen because it appears to be an authentic warning about identity theft and phishing attempts, often including a signature from a credit union security manager (US Fed News Dec. 6). The messages claim members of First Florida CU--a $310 million asset, Jacksonville-based credit union--have been the targets of phishing attempts, and to protect their financial information, members need to log into the website--provided through a link in the e-mail--and list their account numbers and personal identification numbers. First Florida has confirmed that the e-mails are fake. McCollum stated that recipients of these types of e-mails should immediately contact their credit union or financial institution, as well as the attorney general’s office.
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