Common Scams

Phishing is a very common scam where fraudsters impersonate a financial institution, or a trusted company, in an attempt to gain access to your personal information.

Here's an example. You receive an email that looks like it’s from your local bank.  It contains a phone number that appears to be local and it has your bank’s correct logo.  It says:

“Dear Valued Customer, your account has been compromised and we need to verify your information or we will be forced to close your account”. 

There’s a link that takes you to a site where you’re asked to enter your social security number, bank account number, and online banking credentials.  

These scams can be very convincing, but a legitimate company will not ask for your personal information through an email or a text.  Delete any email or text message that asks you to provide personal information. 

You can forward suspected phishing scams to the Federal Trade Commission at  spam@uce.gov .