Your financial institution will never send unsolicited emails asking you to provide,
update, or verify personal or confidential information via return email. If you receive an
email inquiry allegedly from your financial institution, please report the incident to a
member service representative as quickly as possible. To mitigate the risk of online
fraud and identity theft, your first and best protection is awareness.
Phishing is an online scam tactic that is used to lure users into unknowingly providing
personal data, such as credit card information or Login IDs and passwords. Using
realistic-looking emails and websites, this tactic attempts to gain the trust of
unsuspecting targets and convince them that vital information is being requested by a
vendor they may already have a relationship with, such as their financial institution.
It is important that you are aware of the dangers of identity theft. Identity theft can
occur when criminals find a way to steal your personal or other identifying information
and assume the use of that data to access your personal accounts, open new accounts,
apply for credit, purchase merchandise, and commit other crimes using your identity.
Fraud Prevention Tips:
> Do not open email attachments or click on a link from unsolicited sources.
> Avoid completing email forms or messages that ask for personal or
> Do not trust an email asking you to use a link for verification of login or
> Monitor your account transactions for unauthorized use.
> Shred old financial information, invoices, charge receipts, checks, unwanted
pre-approved credit offers and expired charge cards before disposing of them.
> Contact the sender by phone if you are suspicious of an email attachment.