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The scam of “Phishing” is hooking a lot of unsuspecting consumers.  The term refers to email messages that fraudulent individuals send out by the thousands in hopes of “hooking” an unsuspecting consumer, and tricking them into giving up valuable personal information.

Here’s how it usually works: you receive an email that appears to be from a reputable company, often one you may recognize or even do business with, such as your bank or credit card company.  The email will often Click here to listen to "Phishing Scams"warn you that there is a serious problem or security breech and that you need to contact them immediately to safeguard your account.  They will then instruct you do click on a link to take you to their website.  This site may look like the legitimate company’s website, but it isn’t.  At the phony site, you’ll be asked to verify such information as your account number, your social security number, your password, or other personal information.  If you supply the information you could very well find yourself a victim of identity theft.

Tip for Avoiding the Phishing Hook

How to Get Off the Phishing Hook

If you suspect you’re a victim of fraud or identity theft…

Equifax - 800-525-6285

Experian - 888-397-3742

TransUnion - 800-680-7289