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Phishing: Don't Take the Bait!

If you think there is something “phishy” about a message you receive, you could be right.

Don’t get hooked! When you get emails, texts or calls that are made to look like they come from companies or people you know, that’s called phishing.

Scammers want you to click on a link or give out details over the phone (like a password) so they can steal your personal information. With this information, they can steal your money, identity or even gain access to your computer.

Don’t Get Scammed:

Criminals often use familiar company names or pretend to be someone you know. They pressure you to act quickly, asking you to click on a link to give passwords or bank account numbers. If you click on the link, they can install programs that lock you out of your computer. Then they can steal your personal information.

Avoid the Hook:

Look up the website or phone number for the company or person who contacts you. Call the company or person directly to verify the information. If they did not contact you, let them know that someone has been impersonating them.

Watch for Red Flags:

If you don’t do business with the company that has contacted you, the message is poorly written or is missing your name, it might not be a legitimate message. If the person asks for personal information, like your social security number or password, it likely a phishing attempt.

Protect Yourself:

Don’t re-use the same passwords for different accounts and consider multi-factor authentication. This is a second step to verify your identity, like receiving a text with a code. If you have been hacked, change any compromised passwords right away and don't use them for any other accounts.

If you’re looking for additional identity protection tips, we have additional resources available to keep you and your information safe.

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