Phishing scam targets Garden Island FCU

Garden Island Federal Credit Union recently became the target of a phishing scam, affecting members and non-members alike.

Phishing is the act of luring Internet users to a fake Web site by using authentic-looking e-mails in an attempt to steal passwords, personal or financial information or to introduce a virus attack.

A recently circulated fraudulent e-mail asked GIFCU customers to answer a short survey; in return they would receive an $80 credit to their account.

According to a press release from the financial institution, GIFCU is not conducting a survey and did not send the message.

GIFCU reminds customers that they would never ask for sensitive information via an e-mail link.

Flo Tazaki, operations supervisor at GIFCU said the scam doesn’t seem to have reached too many people yet, but she did get a call from someone on the Mainland who received the e-mail.

“It’s just getting to be common,” Tazaki said. “Nobody’s immune anymore.”

Those who responded to the message by sharing personal information are asked to contact the credit union at 245-2712.

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