Protect Yourself against Phishing
Phishing is a method of identity theft used to lure an Internet user
into revealing personal information, such as passwords and credit card
information, on a fraudulent web site. This is normally achieved through email
messages pretending to come from a legitimate bank or other financial entity.
The most common techniques are emails which alert the customer of a security
violation and request that their account information be verified. These emails
usually come with a "link" imbedded into the email requesting the customer to
"click" on it to update their information. If the recipient clicks on the link
and enters personal information into this fraudulent website, the criminals now
have full access to the customer's information.
You can normally spot a fraudulent email by the way the fake company addresses
you as "Dear Customer" rather than using your proper name.
How can you protect yourself?
The simplest way to protect yourself against a Phishing crime is to never click
on a link embedded in an email. If you are ever requested to verify your on-line
information through an email message, call the financial entity through a phone
number you are familiar with, and notify them of the email.
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