PHISHING AKA:SUSPICIOUS EMAIL
perpetrators use email messages that appear to come from a legitimate
company such as Best Buy, eBay, PayPal, or your financial institution;
sometimes they will even appear to have come from an educational
institution (e.g., @indiana.edu , @iupui.edu ). The email will ask you
to go to a web page to "update" or "verify" your information.
these messages will inform you that your account will be deleted if you
do not do this, or they claim that you placed an order or made a charge
to your account. By going to the links provided or filling out the form
in these email messages, you provide the fraudulent party with your
personal and financial information.
Whenever you are asked to
provide personal or financial information through email or a web form,
verify that the source is real by going separately to that
organization's web page (do not use the link provided in the email
message) and forward a copy of the email message you received to the
contact email address you find on the company's web page. Ask the
company to verify that the information in the message is legitimate.
the TFCU will never solicit e-mails requesting your credit union
username, password, PIN number, or other personal identity information.
For more information about common ways identity theft can happen, visit www.ftc.gov.