March 26, 2015
The National Credit Union Administration is alerting consumers that texts they receive from an agency telephone line, 703-518-6301, asking for personal information are not coming from NCUA.
This attempted fraud scam is called “spoofing.” The perpetrators are able to mimic a telephone number to generate text messages. The texts may warn of a debit card reaching its limit or use some other trick to persuade individuals to provide personal information or go to a malicious website. Consumers should not click on links in the message, provide information to any websites referenced in the message nor attempt to conduct any financial transactions through those websites.
More than 40 consumers around the country received text messages yesterday.
Consumers receiving these texts should contact NCUA’s Consumer Assistance Center Hotline at 800-755-1030. NCUA also offers information about avoiding frauds and scams at MyCreditUnion.gov. Consumers who suspect they may have become victims of identity theft should immediately contact their financial institutions and, if necessary, close existing accounts and open new ones. When identity theft occurs, NCUA urges consumers also contact the three major credit bureaus Equifax (800-525-6285), Experian (888-397-3742) and TransUnion (800-680-7289) to request a fraud alert be placed on their credit reports.