Most people today understand the importance of being “security minded” while using the internet. However, most do not know about phishing schemes. This is where an unknown party “pretends” to be someone they’re not. Examples include: Bank representatives, the IRS, a family member, a long lost friend, and even your church!
Unfortunately, phishing schemes cannot easily be identified. For this reason, we recommend the following:
- Do not respond to any emails sent to you by your bank or credit card issuer (remember it could be a scam.) Pick up the phone and call the phone number you have on record for them.
- Do not share any personal or financial information over the internet.
- Report any suspicious activity to the proper authorities (police, FBI, etc.)
- Communicate any concerns via your preferred social networking outlet to bring about awareness.
Remember, communication is key. If you believe you have identified a threat, you can report it by clicking on the following link.