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Avoid Online Fraud!
Don’t Be Lured By “Phishers”!
Do not answer e-mail requests from any person or company to confirm or update information, especially requests that ask for Social Security numbers, passwords or account numbers. Legitimate companies don’t contact their customers via e-mail and ask them to confirm or update information, or threaten to deactivate your account for failing to do it.
Do not use hyperlinks in e-mails. Use your browser to connect to the official website. The phisher’s e-mail links are often hard to distinguish from the real site.
If you have given a phisher your personal financial information, contact the financial institutions you have accounts with. Place a fraud alert on your files at the three credit bureaus. Contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-438-4338 or the FBI’s Internet Fraud Complaint Center at www.IFCCFBI.gov
To avoid getting caught by an online scam, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers this guidance: