STCU warns its members to look out for phishing emails
SPOKANE, Wash. — STCU is warning its customers about bogus emails that asks customers to log-in to their STCU accounts. These emails – while official-looking – are fake, STCU says, and customers should avoid them.
Non-STCU members have also reported being sent the email.
The email asks you to log into their credit union accounts by clicking a link that takes you to a fake website that mimics the financial institution’s official website. There, the recipient is asked to use their banking credentials to log-in, giving away your sensitive information to fraudsters.
STCU wants to remind its members and consumers of other financial institutions that your bank already has your information and has no reason to send an email requesting it. If you’re uncertain the email you received is legitimate or not, you can call STCU or your bank for verification.
Phishing emails can often be identified by these tipoffs:
Poor grammar or spelling errors.
An excessively long or unlikely web address, which can be previewed by hovering over any links in the email without clicking them.
A supposedly secure website that is designated “http.” A secure website, such as those used by STCU and other financial institutions carry the designation “https.” Secure websites also show an image of a padlock after the URL address.
An email from a credit union that mentions “customers” is most likely fraudulent. We have members, not customers, and tend to be adamant about that language.
An email from STCU that says “Spokane Teachers Credit Union.” STCU has stopped using their full name in nearly all instances, except where required under state or federal law.
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