WASHINGTON (12/2/13)--Holiday shoppers are targets for cybercriminals out to steal money and personal information, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation in an announcement from the Internet Crime Complaint Center last week.
Credit unions can remind their members to closely monitor financial transactions and correspondence from financial institutions. Cybercrooks target banking accounts for account takeovers and for creating new accounts with stolen identities, said the FBI.
Warn members to never click on a link embedded in an e-mail from their financial institution. Instead tell them to open a new Web page and manually enter the URL or Web address. Phishing scams often begin with phone e-mails featuring a financial institution's name and logo.
Other cautionary tips credit unions can give to members: