“Phishing” Scammers Targeting Keesler Credit Union Members

BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) – Keesler Credit Union customers are the latest victims of phishing text messages. Here’s what to do if you receive a scam text.

The Credit Union is seeing an increase in the number of members receiving fraudulent messages. Information Security Director Stefanie Moran said the scammers do not have member accounts. Instead, they target people by area code.

“It’s important for members to understand that none of their information has been compromised because of this. They target the geographic region,” Moran said. “They are targeting 228 numbers in particular because they know there will be a high number of member concentration in that area.”

The messages seem legitimate, but as soon as the link is clicked, the scammers gain access to the customers’ accounts. Michael Reader said he’s noticed more phishing scams lately. Over the past few months, he has received text messages and email scams.

“I almost went to root until the guy told me to download this app, and I said I don’t need to. If you don’t recognize it, don’t reply said Reader.

Moran recommends people verify the email address and phone number of senders. According to Moran, Keesler Federal will not contact customers via email, unsolicited phone calls and emails.

Although the credit union cannot control who sends messages to customers, it takes action on this.

“We work with our vendors to remove these sites and often the sites have already been removed before we actually report them. Also, we’ve been briefed with the FCC on some of the things that happened,” Moran said.

The credit union asks people who receive a suspicious text message to capture it and forward it to [email protected]

If you are a member who thinks you have been scammed, call 1-888-533-7537 or visit your nearest crime.

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