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Phishing

Phishing is an internet scam to steal your personal and account information. In a common type of phishing scam, individuals receive e-mails that appear to come from their financial institution. The e-mail may look authentic, right down to the use of the institution's logo and marketing slogans. The e-mails often describe a situation that requires immediate attention and then warn that the account will be terminated unless the e-mail recipients verify their account information by clicking on a provided link. The link will take the e-mail recipient to a screen that asks for account information. While it may appear to be a page sponsored by a legitimate financial institution, the information will actually go to the con artist who sent the e-mail. If you should receive such an e-mail, do not use the links provided. Call the institution by phone or close the email and then go to the website listed on your favorites list.