Family Fraud Alert: Phishing Scams

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April 27, 2007

There are some emails making the rounds that are trying to get your personal information.

Phishing scams have been around for a few years, but people still seem to be falling for them.

They look legitimate, but their only goal is to steal your personal information for the purpose of identity theft.

They often come in the form of an official-looking email from a well-known bank or credit card company, much like the ones we received from Flagstar Bank and BB&T bank in the last week.

The message claims your account was recently accessed by someone else, and they may have taken your personal information.

The emails ask you to click on a link to verify your information.

Trouble is, once you click on the link and enter your information--which can include names, addresses, birth dates and social security numbers--you've just given the makers of the email the keys to steal your identity.

Just remember, your bank can verify your identity without asking for that information. In fact, the banks already have it.

Do yourself a favor and just delete any of these emails you get.

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