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Bogus Phone Scam is Dialing Oregon Residents Automatically

The First Tech Credit Union says it is a phone "phishing" scam that comes from an automatic recording.

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(SALEM, Ore.) - Residents of Beaverton, Aloha, and Salem are reporting that they have received an automated phone call purporting to be from First Tech Credit Union.

The recording states that their account has expired and then provides a 1-800 number to call to resolve the problem.

The initial recording is as follows, "Hello - This is official notification from First Tech Credit Union informing you that your payments and transfers services are expired and need to be renewed immediately.

Previous notifications have been sent to the billing contact assigned to this account. As the primary contact you must renew the services or it will be deactivated and deleted. To start the renewal process please call us at the toll free number…" Once the 1-800 number is called another recording asks for the account holders card number, PIN, and CVC code (the 3 digit code on the back of the card).

At this time there are at least 300 people who have reported receiving the automated call, and at least 25 of those have provided their information to the 1-800 number recording.

First Tech Credit Union has been able to stop activity on all those accounts prior to any transactions going through. At this time there are no known victims or dollar loss.

Investigators are currently working to identify those behind the 1-800 numbers as well as shut them down.

Those receiving calls are both members and non-members of First Tech Credit Union. It appears that phone numbers are being called that are near main offices of First Tech Credit Union in the hopes of reaching members. There is no information at this time that would indicate there has been a compromise of any kind from First Tech CU.

First Tech Credit Union is advising that any persons who have an account with First Tech Credit Union and received the call and then provided information to the 1-800 number to call their Fraud Department at 503-672-3878. Additional information is posted on the First Tech Credit Union Website

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Phished August 23, 2007 4:25 pm (Pacific time)

I am not a member of First Tech, but I received such a call today. My bank, OCCU, is warning their customers of this scam. So it's happening here in Eugene also.

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