The number and sophistication of phishing scams sent out to members is continuing to increase dramatically. As a general rule you should be very careful about giving out your personal information over the Internet.
- Be suspicious of any e-mail with urgent requests for personal financial information.
- Don’t click the links in an e-mail, instant message or chat if you suspect the message might not be authentic or you don’t recognize the sender or user’s address.
- Avoid filling out forms in e-mail messages for personal financial information.
- Always ensure that you’re using a secure website when submitting credit card or other sensitive information via your web browser.
- Remember not all scam sites will try to show the “https://” and/or the security lock. Get in the habit of looking at the address line as well.
- Regularly log on to your online accounts and check your bank and debit card statements to ensure that all transactions are legitimate.
- Ensure that your browser is up-to-date and security patches have been applied.
- Always report “phishing” or “spoofed” e-mails.