A credit union member in Indiana fell for a pop-up ad's promise of discount coupons and lost $800 from her account at her credit union. A Canadian credit union is dealing with 23 incidents of fraud involving job offers. And banks and credit unions continue to see counterfeit checks.
Scams still are reeling in innocent consumers. Never, ever give your account numbers and other personal information to unsolicited callers, e-mailers, and pop-up ads. Here are several incidents reported to Credit Union National Association's News Now's Scam Squad.
Patty Gyoles, a member of Teachers Credit Union (TCU), South Bend, Ind., answered a computer pop-up ad offering discount coupons. The company, Star Communications, Canoga Park, Calif., asked for her share draft account number to process the transaction fee (South Bend Tribune). The result: withdrawals totaling nearly $800 and no discount coupons. She didn't close the account immediately because of other automatic bill payment commitments. TCU is reimbursing Gyoles for her loss. TCU security director Michael True says the credit union has taken steps to protect her accounts in the future, but "we can't protect people against themselves." The Tribune says Star Communications is also known as Consumer Reward Network, which received an F rating from the Better Business Bureau of Los Angeles. Attorney General offices in Indiana have received complaints, and several states' Attorney General offices have issued consumer alerts, an injunction, or cease-and-desist order against the company.
News Now's Scam Squad also has learned of these incidents:
The latest round of U.S. banks reporting counterfeit checks circulating under their name include:
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