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NCUA Warns about Telephone Fraud
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 6:40 AM

The National Credit Union Administration today is warning consumers to beware of a new telephone fraud. Known as a “vishing” scheme, scammers are using the agency’s name in an attempt to obtain personal financial information.

Several credit union members have been contacted by an automated phone call claiming to be from NCUA and notifying consumers their debit cards have been compromised. The call then asks the receiver to follow prompts, which request personal information, including sensitive financial data and personal identification information.

Anyone contacted by this so-called “vishing” scheme should immediately contact NCUA’s Consumer Assistance Center Hotline at 800-755-1030 or by email at phishing@ncua.gov to report the scam. Operators answer calls Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern.

NCUA is reminding the public that it neither seeks personal information from consumers over the telephone nor handles day-to-day maintenance of member account information.

NCUA urges consumers to never verify or release personal financial information to unknown callers.