Avoid Phishing Scams & Protect Your Identity
Beware of fraudulent emails and Web sites that masquerade as messages from familiar institutions. By tricking you into disclosing your Social Security Number, PIN number, a password, or an account number, identity thieves can drain your bank account or run up bills on your credit card. The best ways to avoid becoming a victim are:
- Never disclose personal information in response to an unsolicited email
- Never click on the link in the email (unless the person sending the e-mail tells you that he/she is sending you a link)
- Check the URL line on the browser to ensure you are at the location you think you are.
- Access the Web site by manually typing in the Web address in a browser windows is preferable than clicking on a link.