Phishing Prevention


  • Be suspicious of any email or text message containing urgent requests for personal or financial information (financial institutions and credit card companies normally will not use email to confirm an existing client's information).
  • Contact the organization by using a telephone number from a credible source such as a phone book or bill.
  • Never email personal or financial information.
  • Avoid embedded links in an email claiming to bring you to a secure site.
  • Get in the habit of looking at a website's address line and verify if it displays something different from the address mentioned in the email.
  • Regularly update your computer protection with anti-virus software, spyware filters, email filters and firewall programs.
  • A number of legitimate companies and financial institutions that have been targeted by phishing schemes have published contact information for reporting possible phishing emails as well as online notices about how their customers can recognize and protect themselves from phishing.
  • Regularly check your bank, credit and debit card statements to ensure that all transactions are legitimate.

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