Friday, December 19, 2008

Avoid Email Scams

Issue:

Watch out for and avoid Scam Mail.


Quick/Visual/Learning:


Friendly warning to be suspicious of any email that you get requesting that you either send in information or that you log on to a website to update information. The bad guys use tricks like this to try and get your passwords and logon information so they can steal money from your account.


Below is an example of a fake message from Fidelity asking to update your records so that your account is not suspended. These guys always use language like this to try and scare people into taking action right away. By clicking on the link you go to a fake but very real looking Fidelity web page. When you try to log on to the page they capture your user name and password and now they have what they need to access your account.




Don't be fooled by this kind of stuff. If you are unsure it is best to get the phone number from a reliable source and call the company. If you get stuff in email that you did not request don't trust it even if it appears to come from a friend.
If someone calls me at home asking for personal information I say "No thank you" and hang up. Do the same with this kind of email, delete it.

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