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Beware of Phishing Scams

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“Phishing” scams are conducted through email messages that give the appearance of being sent from a business, bank or government agency but are really from a thief who is trying to trick you into giving away personal information (credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security number, passwords, or other sensitive information).
The messages often ask you to update, validate or confirm information – and suggest dire consequences if you don’t respond. Additionally, the Web site that you are directed to may seem official, but it’s actually bogus and is intended to gain your information to steal your identity – and your money.

To protect yourself, watch for the following:
  • Bad spelling and awkwardly written sentences.
  • Written in all caps – a form of online shouting.
  • Unsigned, nobody’s name or contact information.
  • Contains an executable attachment. Be careful about downloading an attachment from an unknown source. It could contain a virus.
  • Coming from the email address of someone you know sending you something the individual would never send. Viruses can hijack address books.
  • Contains a link to a Web site. This is where you’d be asked to provide your personal information.


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