January 30, 2006
Authorities are investigating a rash of email scams claiming to be from the University of Virginia Credit Union.
Officials at the University of Virginia Credit Union became concerned after they learned an email claiming to be from them was asking people for their credit card information. The email targeted employees at PVCC and UVA. It contained a link redirecting users to a false UVA Credit Union website which then asked for their personal financial information. The scam is commonly known as phishing.
"It's a ploy to put unauthorized charges on your credit card, get credit cards issued in your name," said James Dell of Macrosoft Systems, Inc.
The credit union would not comment on how many people received the email, but put out a note warning people to disregard it and report it to them immediately. Dell says it's a common practice used by scam artists.
"A lot of folks still don't even know that it's happening to them, usually it's when collection agencies come to find you for your bad credit history that you really discover what's going on," explained Dell.
To make sure that never happens to you, avoid giving out personal information online, especially through an email link. Always be sure to go directly to the company's website.
Dell said "Believe me, if you're financial institution is really trying to get with you, they will."
Anyone who received the email should contact the University of Virginia Credit Union at 434-964-2000.