June 11, 2015: Gift Card Scams
Alert Number: I-061115-PSA
While it is very popular to purchase, spend, and give others gift cards, the FBI would like to warn consumers of the potential for fraud. The online presence of the Secondary Gift Card Market has grown significantly in recent years. The Secondary Gift Card Market provides a venue for consumers to resell unwanted gift cards. However, criminal activity has been identified through sites facilitating such exchanges.
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March 26, 2015:
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — NCUA is warning consumers about a new scam that mimics the agency's telephone number.
The scam, known as "spoofing," is able to mimic a telephone number — in this case, NCUA phone number 703-518-6301 — in order to generate text messages. These texts warn consumers that their debit card is reaching its limit or use other tricks to con people into providing personal information or visiting malicious websites. NCUA is warning consumers not to click links in the message or provide any information, nor attempt to conduct any financial transactions through these sites.
More than 40 consumers across the United States received similar messages yesterday, the agency said. NCUA is urging consumers who receive these texts to contact its Consumer Assistance Center Hotline at 800-755-1030.
This is the second time in less than 10 days that NCUA has warned consumers of a scam in which the perpetrators attempt to impersonate the agency. The first, which was announced last week, relates to a fraudulent website that is intended to mimic NCUA's own site.
March 17, 2015:
Phishing Scheme Attempts To Impersonate NCUA
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — NCUA is concerned consumers may fall victim to a new phishing scam that mimics the regulator's name and website.
NCUA said in a statement Tuesday morning that it has received several reports of an online phishing scam that uses a website with a design and logo similar to its own in an attempt to con consumers into providing information or sending money.
The emails come from the National Credit Union, which appears to originate in Australia, but says it offers services in the United States, Europe and beyond. NCUA is alerting consumers that the two are in no way related and that the e-mails — which attempt to persuade consumers to provide Social Security Numbers, account numbers and login information — are not from NCUA.
NCUA is urging consumers who receive these emails to call its fraud hotline at (800) 827-9650 and contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center, a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.