MADISON, Wis. (10/6/09)--Several recent scams have targeted four credit unions in various regions of the U.S. The following scams have been reported:
* Suffolk FCU, Medford, N.Y., and Island FCU, Hauppauge, N.Y., debit card holders were targets of scam text or voice messages, which tell members their debit card numbers have been deactivated, police said. The victims were instructed to call a phone number to provide account and personal identification numbers to reactivate their accounts. Police reminded the public that credit unions do not contact members by mail, phone or Internet to request account information (Newsday Oct. 3). * Shoreline CU, Two Rivers, Wis., reports that a website--www.SurveyLot.com--is mailing fraudulent cashier’s checks to Internet visitors nationwide, according to Sharon Tome, Shoreline chief operating officer. The checks are written for $3,975.20 and contain the routing number for the credit union and an account number--now closed--of a Shoreline member. The credit union has returned roughly $30,000 worth of checks that tried to clear through the account, Tome said. No Shoreline members have been victimized by the scam, she added. Shoreline officials are alerting other financial institutions that the checks are fraudulent (Herald Times Reporter Oct. 1). * Paducah (Ky.) FCU, has received dozens of calls from members who received a suspicious text message that said in part: “This is an automated message from Paducah FCU. Your ATM card has been suspended. To reactivate, call URGENT at 1-866-571-7629.” When the number was dialed, the caller heard an automated message requesting the caller’s bank account number. The telephone number has been disconnected, and the credit union is not aware of any members who were victimized by the scam (INFED Oct. 1).