Prevent Phishing and Spoofing
Phishing" and "Spoofing" are closely related, and are two of the most common
techniques used by criminals interested in gaining access to your bank accounts,
account numbers, social security numbers and other financial information.
These techniques attempt to trick a victim into taking some action or
providing information they would otherwise not do. Some examples
- You may receive an email that appears to be from a person or company
that you trust. It may ask you to provide private information, such as
account #'s or social security #'s, or to click links that appear to be
- In providing personal information, you may be giving the criminal
access to your accounts or an ability to steal your identity.
- In clicking links provided by a criminal, you may be inadvertently
downloading a virus or other malware. Such a virus may keep track
of your keystrokes (such as when you are using your internet-banking
service.) These keystrokes are transmitted to the criminal later,
and completely unknown to you.
- You may go to a website, thinking you are visiting a legitimate company
or organization, but may in fact be visiting a cleverly-crafted website
designed to trick you into believing it is the valid site. While
there, you may be easily tricked into providing information you otherwise
Where can you learn more, including how to best protect yourself?
- View our internet banking training videos, which contain information
specifically related to identifying, preventing or reacting to "phishing and
- The FDIC has developed some excellent information on "phishing and
spoofing," including tips on identification and prevention.