October 21, 2007
Phishing is a term that means getting your personal information by deception and using the information to steal your identity. A common phishing scheme comes through your email, text message, or fake website and disguises itself as a bank or credit card that needs to update your personal information. No matter how legitimate the message looks, never send personal information over the internet unless you initiate the contact. Your bank or credit card company will never need to verify your information - they already have it! If you think the message looks legitimate, call the number on the back of your card and confirm it is really from YOUR bank.