It has come to our attention that an email has be impersonating our collections department and attempting to solicit a response from membership.
We recommend members to disregard this email. If you have any questions please contact us at 562.229.9181.
Sample of suspicious email:
From: Collection Department → Fraudster
Subject: Import Notices
Bank Name: POPA Federal Credit Union
Bank Account Number: XXXXX
_Tomorrow is your last chance to resolve this matter outside the court house.
In event if we do not receive your payment tomorrow then apart from getting laid off by your current employer after we send them the legal notice you will be blacklisted from getting any job.
Through an IRS (Internal Revenue Service) your social security number will be put on hold causing severe damage to your credit history or credit report and your income paychecks will be put on hold.
Any child support, disability, unemployment or retirement benefits will be either place on hold or will be stopped until the outcome of the case…_
Please be aware that the recent unauthorized access to payment processing data at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants may impact you. If you have used your POPA MasterCard Debit Card and/or POPA VISA Credit Card at Chipotle between March 24th through April 18th 2017, we recommend that you closely monitor your accounts for any suspicious or unusual activity. We also encourage you to set up “Alerts” on Online Banking to immediately notify you via text or email on account transactions. If you suspect fraud, please contact us immediately, at which point we would block and replace your debit or VISA card. POPA has taken precautionary measures to keep all its members’ information safe and confidential. For details regarding the data breach, please see Chipotle’s press release below.
Chipotle Breach Information
Please be aware that the recent data breach on FOP’s database is in no way related to POPA FCU – please rest assure that all of our Credit Union data remain secure and we hold our member data security with critical importance as we continue to monitor systems and improve processes that protect our members’ information.
According to the press release from FOP, social security numbers were not collected by the union so that information was not compromised. However, member names, addresses and birth dates were part of the breach; FOP members are encouraged to take precautions pertaining to safety, including monitoring of personal credit reports.
Please visit FOP’s California chapter’s link for the full press release and all information relating to the data breach here:
FOP Data Breach Message