Remember AODFCU will NEVER ask for your personal information, account number, PIN, or any sensitive account information via email. If you receive an e-mail that claims to be from AODFCU and asks for account information- you should consider it to be a fraudulent attempt to obtain your personal account data for an illegal purpose and you should not follow the instructions in the email. If you are confused or would like to verify the request, simply call us and ask to speak to a credit union representative.
phishing (FISH.ing) pp. Creating a replica of an existing Web page to fool a user into submitting personal, financial, or password data. –adj.
Phishing is the term coined by hackers who imitate legitimate companies in e-mails to entice people to share passwords or credit-card numbers. Recent victims include Charlotte's Bank of America, Best Buy and eBay, where people were directed to Web pages that looked nearly identical to the companies' sites.
The term had its coming out this week when the FBI called phishing the "hottest, and most troubling, new scam on the Internet." The name appears to have no connection to the band Phish, an FBI spokesman said.
-Andrew Shain, "Phishing to steal your information," Charlotte Observer, July 25, 2003
-Kevin Pang, "'Phishers' widen their catch of Web identity victims," Chicago Tribune, July 29, 2003