E-mail scam hits credit union

Wednesday, June 6, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:17 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Missouri Credit Union warned its members Tuesday morning of a scam being circulated by e-mail.

The scam is known as Internet “phishing,” in which the sender requests personal information under the pretense of providing assistance in an attempt to prevent a security breach, according to a news release issued by the credit union.

The scam was brought to the attention of the credit union by a Columbia police officer at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to Columbia police Sgt. John White, supervisor of the department’s Community Services Unit.

Columbia police Officer Mike Hayes, along with many other city employees, received a suspicious e-mail purporting to be from the credit union and alerted his superiors and the credit union, White said. The e-mail began with “Dear Missouri Credit Union Member” and requested the reader to access a Web link to provide further information, the news release said.

“Companies aren’t going to contact you and ask for info because they already have it,” White said.

If you suspect that you have been a victim of an online banking scam, White suggests that you alert your bank first, then call police.

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