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Internet Fraud


Phishing is a rapidly increasing issue for your privacy and information. This is a scam executed through certain emails and websites that will pose as a legitimate agency or website and ask users for their personal information. Emails posing as a known brand name will ask for your account information for "security, "rewards", and a handful of other excuses. Put a legitimate, secure email and a phishing next to each other and it can be hard to spot the differences. These emails are created to steal your money so they have to look as realistic as they can.

  • Do not trust an email that requests personal financial information.
  • Be sure not to click on links within an email unless you are certain it is legitimate.
  • Setup your spam filter to automatically block all unwarranted incoming mail. Occasionally double check your spam folder to make sure an expected document did not end up in the folder.
  • Always keep computer browsers and software to date.
  • Spear phishing is a more focused and organized attacked on a select number of individuals of a business.
  • Avoid completing and sending forms via email that request personal financial information.
  • If you see a deal that sounds too good to be true, it's because it is.
  • If you do your banking and shopping on a computer that has multiple users, consider buying a personal computer or laptop for yourself to do those transaction. You may be aware of phishing, but the other users may be more susceptible. The more users, the higher the chance for the computer to obtain malware. 

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