Television celebrity Scott Cam has become the inadvertent face of a clever spam ring targeting Credit Union Australia customers.
The spam contains a photo of Cam along with official logos and content ripped from the CUA website.
Users are directed to a fraudulent online banking portal and asked to enter their web access number on a purportedly encrypted "scramble pad".
Customers are requested in typical phishing fashion to finalise account details, but then warns users that emails from cua.com.au - the official CUA address - are fraudulent.
To make the fake website appear more legitimate visitors to the fake phishing CUA Website are urged to call the real CUA phone number if they have "inadvertently responded" to emails from the .au address (even though this is the correct address).
The attempt to defraud CUA has caused an influx of users to call the credit union on its listed number and forward copies of fake emails to its fraud investigation unit, according to a CUA employee.
The bank did not respond to repeated requests by Computerworld to confirm the number of affected customers or what remedial action is being taken.