Scammers “Phishing” for Credit Card Information
Have you ever received a legitimate-looking e-mail asking you to verify account numbers, passwords, or other personal information? Chances are you’ve been scammed. It’s called “phishing,” and scammers do it to gain access to your personal information. They may try to max out your credit card or drain your checking account.
A recent e-mail phishing scam advises credit cardholders that they have been enrolled in Verified by Visa. Cardholders are then asked to visit a Web site to validate their account information and establish a password.
Think about it. If you’ve signed up for Verified by Visa (a very legitimate service, by they way) through Visa’s secure site, then Visa already has your account information. They don’t need to validate it.
If you are interested in enrolling in Verified by Visa or MasterCard Secure Code, we advise you to visit their secure site.
Tinker Federal Credit Union will never e-mail you to verify information we already have, either. So, be a wise and ware online consumer. If something sounds “phishy,” it probably is.