Credit union text phishing scam strikes again in Arizona, AG says

texting on a cell phoneArizona Credit Union West customers, be warned: Ignore those bizarre text messages saying your account has unusual activity or has been suspended -- it's a phishing scam by text.

Attorney General Terry Goddard alerted consumers Tuesday not to fall for a scam that targets Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile customers.

Similar spam texts also have targeted Cox Communication customers. Cox provides cable and Internet services in the U.S., including Phoenix and Tucson.

Credit Union West says it does not request confidential information such as Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers through text messages or e-mail.

Similar scams have occurred the last couple of years in other places around the country, including Texas and Colorado. Perhaps ironically, customers of the Washington, D.C. credit union used by employees of the U.S. Treasury Department were targeted in December.

US-CERT, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, is collecting reports on phishing scams. Read more here.

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