Prevent Phishing and Spoofing

Tips to prevent phishing and spoofingPhishing" 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 include:

  • 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 legitimate.
    • 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 would not.

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 spoofing" attempts.
  • The FDIC has developed some excellent information on "phishing and spoofing," including tips on identification and prevention.

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