Recognize & Avoid Phishing Scams

Scammers commonly use email and text messages to trick consumers into releasing personal information.  There are several things you can do to protect yourself and avoid becoming a victim of a phishing scam.

Recognize that the objective of the phishing scam is to trick you into releasing your personal information such as passwords, account numbers, or Social Security number. If the scammers are successful, they could possibly gain access to your accounts with on-line retailers, your bank, email or other stored information.  Phishing attacks like these happen every day and are, very often, successful.

Phishing emails, in particular, look legitimate and illustrate a story to trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment. They may claim there is a problem with your account, include a fake invoice, or want you to “Click Here” to make a payment.  These emails may look like a company you do business with…but they’re not.

There are many easy steps you can take to guard your personal information and protect yourself against phishing scams.  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Consumer Advice website offers thorough insight into recognizing these scams, how to protect yourself and how to report suspicious phishing activity.  Visit the FTC today for more in-depth information.


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