Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
You may have received an email like the one below that looks very authentic, like it came from Dade County Federal Credit Union. This email was not sent by Dade County Federal Credit Union; the Credit Union is a victim as well. If you receive an email similar to the one below, DO NOT click on the link, and do not enter any information on the forms there. The credit union is aware of the scam, and has posted a note on their website. They ask that you forward any of these emails to them at email@example.com.
The website that the link leads to is a spoof; a fake website, not created by Dade County Federal Credit Union. It goes to http://jules.yp-connect.net/~sam/server.htm, not Dade County Federal Credit Union! When you enter the information they ask for, you will simply be handing the thieves the keys to your bank accounts. That is how spoofing and phishing works.
Remember, no reputable business would send you an email requesting your personal account information. Any such email you receive asking for this information should be considered phony and brought to the attention of the business being 'phished'.
Anytime you need to go to a website for your bank, credit card companies or other personal, financial or confidential information; do not follow a link in an email; just type their address in your browser directly (such as http://www.dcfcu.org/ )
Below are actual phishing emails that started circulating in early 2008. We have put a warning over the links to the phisher's website. Note that the images look authentic because the scammer hot-linked them straight from the real bank's website; but if you were to click on the link to logon, that would take you to "http://jules.yp-connect.net/~sam/server.htm" instead of the bank
From: Dade County FCU [mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org ]
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 4:45 PM
Subject: Attention Dade County FCU Online Customer.
Attention Dade County FCU Online Client:
You have received this email because we have strong reason to believe that your Dade County FCU account had been recently compromised. In order to prevent any fraudulent activity from occurring we are required to open an investigation into this matter.
If your account informations are not updated within the next 72 hours, then we will assume this account is fraudulent and will be suspended. We apologize for this inconvenience, but the purpose of this verification is to ensure that your Dade County FCU account has not been fraudulently used and to combat fraud.
Please login into your Dade County FCU Online account and complete verification process
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you and we would like to thank you for your cooperation as we review this matter.
Please do not reply to this email. This mailbox is not monitored and you will not receive a response. For assistance, log in to your Dade County FCU account and choose the Help link located in the top right corner of any Dade County FCU page.
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