Fraud Alert: Phishing Scams
Scam artists are becoming more and more creative in the techniques they use. A common technique used in today’s digital society is a phishing scam. “Phishing” is the attempt to acquire sensitive information from consumers by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. This information includes credit card numbers, account PINs and passwords.
Phishing scams often use email to ask you to verify this type of information. However, scammers have now been using text messaging, as well, to try and steal your identity.
Legitimate companies never ask for your password or account number via email or text. Here are a few ways to protect yourself from these types of scams, according to USA.gov.
- Do not reveal personal or financial information in emails or text messages.
- Don’t reply to the email asking for your information, even if it threatens to disable your account.
- Call the company directly to determine if the email is trustworthy.
- Do not use contact information provided on a website connected to the request; instead, use contact information from account statements you already have.