Phishing Scams Alert

Learn more to protect yourself against Phishing Scams

What is Phishing?

Phishing is an internet scam where fraudsters obtain your personal information through the use of “pop-ups” or emails. The links from these “pop-ups” or emails deceive you into disclosing personal information such as Social Security Numbers, Bank/Credit Card Numbers and Driver’s License Numbers.

Oftentimes, the “pop-ups” or emails appear as though they are from an authentic or known source, however, it directs you to a “spoof” website that requests you to enter personal and sensitive information.

How do I protect myself from Phishing?

There are several steps you may take to avoid becoming a Phishing Victim.

  • Don’t open or reply to “pop-ups” or emails from an unknown source.
  • Make sure you only disclose your personal information with a trustworthy source.
  • Note that companies such as banks and credit card companies do not call or email you to request or verify your personal information.
  • Use a firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware software to protect your computer against intrusions.
  • Review your accounts on a routine basis to ensure the charges on your accounts are valid and accurate.
  • Be careful when opening up email attachments.

What if I am a Phishing Victim?

If you believe that you are a Phishing Victim, file your complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) here. Find out more information at the FTC’s Identity Theft website: ftc.gov/idtheft.