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Information about Phishing

There’s a type of Internet piracy called "phishing." It’s pronounced "fishing," and what these thieves are doing: "fishing" for your personal financial information. What they want are account numbers, passwords, Social Security numbers, and other confidential information that they can use to loot your checking account or run up bills on your credit cards.

In the worst case, you could find yourself a victim of identity theft. With the sensitive information obtained from a successful phishing scam, these thieves can take out loans or obtain credit cards and even driver’s licenses in your name. They can do damage to your financial history and personal reputation that can take years to unravel. But if you understand how phishing works and how to protect yourself, you can help stop this crime.

  • Here’s how phishing works:

  • How to Protect Yourself

  • Tips for Preventing Identify Theft

  • What to do if you fall victim:

  • Here's How You Can Fight Identity Theft

  • FDIC Consumer Alerts - Phishing Scam

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