Warning! New Twist On Phishing Scam!

29 Mar Warning! New Twist On Phishing Scam!

In a previous article on this site, IRS Warns Of New Credit Scam Via Phishing Email, Susanne Robicsek discusses a variation on phishing scams.

Phishing, is an attempt to illegally acquire information about you such as your bank account numbers, social security number and passwords. The e-mail appears to be from a legitimate company such as ebay, PayPal or perhaps a major bank.

An e-mail I received today is a timely reminder that Phishing is alive and well but with yet another twist.

The e-mail I received was supposed to be from ASI Federal Credit Union (Avondale Shipyards, Inc.), a small regional credit union in the New Orleans, Louisiana area.

The e-mail advised me that ASI urgently needed me to update the information for my account. The only problem: I don’t have an ASI account, but like the name implies, phishing assumes that a certain portion of the targeted e-mail recipients will have accounts with ASI, and unwittingly respond to the e-mail.

Apparently, most people are aware of the major phishing scams which has resulted in this local variation as an attempt to separate you from your sensitive information.

Remember, no legitimate company will ask you for sensitive information by e-mail, telephone or otherwise.

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I've been a consumer bankruptcy lawyer for nearly 25 years. Since that time I have helped many people resolve their financial problems. I have been practicing law since 1986 and I am licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in the State of Louisiana. Because I am a sole practitioner, you know that your debt matters are being handled by me personally. In addition to my work with consumers, I am also frequently asked to speak at local seminars on bankruptcy law. I am member of the following organizations: • Louisiana Bar Association • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys • Bankruptcy Law Network My office is located at: 3920 General DeGaulle Drive, New Orleans, LA 70114 Telephone: (504) 368-4101

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