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Credit union warns of email spoofing scams

SPOKANE, Wash. - Numerica Credit Union is warning about email spoofing scams. Email spoofing is the forgery of an email, where the message appears to have come from someone other than the actual source, such as a trusted business or friend.

Numerica says email spoofing is a tactic used in phishing and spam campaigns because people often open an email when they think it was sent by a legitimate source. Their advice is to take some time to research where an email came from if you think it's suspicious.

“Just pause for a brief moment and think logically and just say you know what let me do some research before I go ahead and do it,” said Roger Fitzpatrick, Financial Crime Prevention Coordinator. “Even if my computer is infected, even if something it wrong, let me do the research on it and get it to somebody that can provide me that service."

Numerica says if you are compromised in an email spoofing scam, call your financial institution. If you made a payment with your credit card, they can help you appeal any unauthorized charges and get a new card.

Numerica also recommends changing your password. If your computer is compromised, don't panic. You may still be able to get your machine fixed.

Finally, report the incident to the Better Business Bureau scam tracker.