Protect Yourself From Phishing, Vishing, and Smishing

Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fraudsters are constantly sending out generic messages to obtain your personal information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity. Communications pretending to be from popular social web sites, auction sites, banks, online payment processors, or IT administrators are commonly used to lure the unsuspecting. Phishing emails may contain links to websites that are infected with malware. Phishing is typically carried out by email spoofing or instant messaging and it often directs users to enter details at a fake website whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one. They may also contact you via live or automated phone calls (known as vishing) or via text messages sent to cell phones (known as smishing) that may warn of a security breach or a blocked card as a ruse to obtain card and PIN numbers and other account information they need to lift money from your accounts. Your bank would never e-mail, text, or call you requesting personal information like debit card account numbers, tax ID information, or PIN numbers.

If you have received a scam call, text, or email of this nature, please report it to the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division by submitting a complaint online - or call 1-800-382-5516.