Anyone who accesses the internet should always be on the look out for phishing and identity theft scams. By knowing the warning signs of a scam and practicing common sense, Internet users can keep themselves and their information safe.
- Never access an organization’s website from a link provided in an e-mail, but only by typing in the actual URL.
- If you suspect an email may be phishing, contact the organization’s customer support center immediately.
- Be very skeptical of “urgent” messages that require you to enter confidential information.
- Keep your Internet browser software up to date and use an anti-virus and anti-spam product.
- Check your online account balances and transaction regularly for any discrepancies.
- Delete any e-mail that requests personal information or your account number for it is fraudulent.
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