LAKEWOOD, Colo. (1/2/08)--Jeffco CU in Lakewood shut down its online banking site Friday in response to an e-mail phishing scam that targeted its members. Members received several waves of e-mails that appeared to be from Jeffco CU, stating that their accounts were suspended or had limited access. The e-mails provided a link to a site that looked identical to Jeffco CU’s main site. There, members were told to enter their account information. The fraudulent sites have been linked to California, Nevada and Eastern Europe (9News.com Dec. 29). Jeffco CU member Carol Byrd said she thought the e-mail was legitimate until she found out that the scammers tried to use her debit card in Romania. The scammers transferred $1,000 from her account. The amount was later refunded after she stopped the transaction (DenverChannel.com Dec. 28). The credit union has posted multiple fraud alerts on its website since Dec. 21 and has added an alert to its telephone directory. Jeffco CU is one of several financial institutions in the area that have been targeted by the scam. “The phish attempts are growing. More and more people are being sent these fradulent e-mails. We are making sure that we get all of these fraudulent websites shut down,” according to a statement on the credit union’s website. Members who received the phishing e-mails were encouraged to contact the credit union. Jeffco CU would never ask a member to verify personal information via e-mail or in an online form, and would never need to verify credit card information online, the credit union stated on its website. Jeffco CU has $145 million in assets.