Something Smells Phishy?

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Phishing is usually a two part scam involving e-mails and spoof websites. Look out for emails that appear to be from a reputable company, these may even contain links to websites that look like the real thing. Never follow these links and never respond to these e-mails. You can go directly to the company’s website by opening a new browser window and typing in the web address.

Fraudsters are attempting to get personal information from you, including your PIN numbers, bank account numbers, Social Security number, etc. You can spot this type of fraudulent e-mail by asking yourself these questions:

• Do they fail to address me by name?

• Is this person asking for my personal information?

• Do they warn that my account will be shut down unless I reconfirm my financial information?

• Do they warn that I am a victim of fraud?

Here are a few tips. Do not share any personal information through e-mails, text messages, social networks or phone calls. Don’t open e-mails or attachments from unknown sources. Keep your computer anti-virus software up to date. Always log off of banking and/or credit card websites after you are finished with your secure online session. Be careful about giving out your e-mail address to questionable sources.

If you receive a communication asking for your personal information (card information, PIN, Social Security Number, etc…), please send an email to DO NOT RESPOND TO ANY OF THESE TYPES OF MESSAGES.