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Phishing scam hits Baraga Cty.

December 4, 2012
By STEPHEN ANDERSON - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

L'ANSE - The L'Anse village police are investigating a phishing scam, a fraudulent attempt to obtain an unsuspecting consumer's personal information, which happened over the weekend in Baraga County.

Saturday evening, several people in the county, mainly in the 906-201 exchange, received a text message claiming to be from the Baraga County Federal Credit Union saying their card has been deactivated and giving a number to call and activate. Some members did call the number and gave their card number and Personal Identification Number.

"Some people did fall for it and did call with their information from those exchanges," said Mike LaBerge, L'Anse village police chief. "That's about all we have right now."

The source of the texts has not been identified. L'Anse village police will continue to investigate.

"We spent most of the weekend blocking cards of members that responded with their information," BCFCU Manager Marilyn Harden said. "We want our members to know their accounts were not compromised, nor did the text come from Baraga County Federal Credit Union."

Harden said many who received the text were credit union members but some were not and did not have cards through BCFCU. She said the phishers acquired cellphone numbers and sent texts "hoping to get lucky that they had a card" with BCFCU.

According to the credit union's website,, the best way to address the situation is to email - but not include any card numbers.

"A lot of people fall for it, but anything like that, call your financial institution before you do anything, and talk to somebody you know," advised LaBerge.



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