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03-30-2011: FRAUD WATCH: Multiple Phishing Attempts on Consumers


March 30, 2011

Credit Union of Ohio has received Fraud Watches from two separate sources.  Please be advised:

NACHA, The Electronic Payments Association
NACHA received reports that consumers continue to receive fraudulent e-mails that have the appearance of having been sent from NACHA. These e-mails vary in content and appear to be transmitted from e-mail addresses associated with the NACHA domain ( Some bear the name of fictitious NACHA employees and/or departments.  NACHA itself does not process nor touch the ACH transactions that flow to and from organizations and financial institutions. NACHA does not send communications to persons or organizations about individual ACH transactions that they originate or receive.

VISA Credit Cards for Businesses
Consumers have received e-mails allegedly coming from Visa regarding unusal activity on their business credit card.  It includes a case ID and a link to view the unusual activity.  Like NACHA, the e-mails appear to come from the Visa domain (


How to Protect Yourself
Be aware that phishing emails frequently have attachments and/or links to Web pages that host malicious code and software. Do not open attachments or follow Web links in unsolicited emails from unknown parties or from parties with whom you do not normally communicate, or that appear to be known but are suspicious or otherwise unusual.  If malicious code is detected or suspected on a computer, consult with a computer security or anti-virus specialist to remove malicious code or re-install a clean image of the computer system.  Always use anti-virus software and ensure that the virus signatures are automatically updated.  Ensure that the computer operating systems and common software application security patches are installed and current.

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