October is Security Awareness Month

Every day, scammers send out fraudulent emails, texts and phone calls to try to get your personal information. We’re happy to partner with @AmericanBankersAssociation to raise awareness of these common phishing tactics.

Would your bank call you to verify your password? Nope. #BanksNeverAskThat. Just hang up, and call the number on the back of your card. Take this quiz to find out if you’re an expert scam spotter: https://banksneveraskthat.com

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Phishing is a type of social engineering where an attacker sends a fraudulent (e.g., spoofed, fake, or otherwise deceptive) message designed to trick a person into revealing sensitive information to the attacker or to deploy malicious software on the victim’s infrastructure like ransomware.

Phishing scams target consumers by “spoofing” emails and websites. Here’s how it works:

  • You receive an email message, asking you to click on a link in order to update some sensitive personal information.
  • The link will redirect you to a “spoofed” website, which is designed to look like a legitimate website.
  • The website will ask you to input personal information such as your account numbers, PINs, or a social security number.
  • Never allow someone to remotely login to your computer.  Scammers try to trick people into clicking on links that will download viruses, spyware, and other unwanted software — often by bundling it with free downloads.
  • Don’t click on pop-ups or ads about your computer’s performance. Scammers insert unwanted software into pop-up messages or ads that warn that your computer’s security or performance is Avoid clicking on these ads if you don’t know the source.