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 Phishing Attack on Credit Union Members
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Dear Richard
We have recently become aware of an email Phishing attack that is in circulation suggesting the recipient has won prize money in a Credit Union Lottery.

The email has been reported to the Information Commissioners Office and the http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/.

Please ensure you remind all members of how to keep their personal data secure and that all phishing attacks are reported directly to the credit union.

Below is a press release that has been issued today and is also available http://www.abcul.coop/media-and-research/news/view/304

Phishing Attack on Credit Union Members 

ABCUL (the Association of British Credit Unions Ltd) is
warning credit union members not to respond to scam emails informing them they
have won prizes in a national credit union lottery which does not exist. 

Emails have been sent to some credit union members from www.culottery.co.uk, claiming that they have won prizes in a national credit union lottery.  While many credit union members are able to take part in lotteries run to raise funds for their
credit union, there is no national lottery run by or for the credit union
sector nationally.  Members replying to the emails are likely to be asked
to provide bank details and risk identity fraud and theft if they respond to

The website is illustrated with pictures of alleged
winners of the lottery.  These are actually doctored photos taken from the
Connecticut State Lottery website.  A number of credit unions are listed
on the site, but none are associated with any such organisation.  The
website also has logos of Western Union and the Big Lottery; neither
organisation has anything to do with the organisation. 

ABCUL Chief Executive Mark Lyonette said: “It is a sad side effect of the increasing popularity of credit unions in Britain that scammers are targeting credit union members.  I would advise anyone who receives an email saying they have won a prize or requesting any information to contact their credit union and not respond to the email.

Any questions?  Contact your Member Relationship Manager on John.Haslam@abcul.org

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