What to do if you fall victim:
- Contact your ﬁnancial institution immediately and alert it to the situation.
- If you have disclosed sensitive information in a phishing attack, you should also contact one of the three major credit bureaus and discuss whether you need to place a fraud alert on your ﬁle, which will help prevent thieves from opening a new account in your name. Here is the contact information for each bureau’s fraud division:
P.O. Box 740250
Atlanta, GA 30374
P.O. Box 1017
Allen, TX 75013
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92634
Report all suspicious contacts to the Federal Trade Commission online
, or by calling 1-877-IDTHEFT.
- Never provide personal ﬁnancial information, including your Social Security number, account numbers or passwords, over the phone or the Internet if you did not initiate the contact.
- Never click on the link provided in an e-mail you believe is fraudulent. It may contain a virus that can contaminate your computer.
- Do not be intimidated by an e-mail or caller who suggests dire consequences if you do not immediately provide or verify ﬁnancial information.
- If you believe the contact is legitimate, go to the company’s Website by typing in the site address directly or using a page you have previously book marked, instead of a link provided in the e-mail.
- If you fall victim to an attack, act immediately to protect yourself. Alert your ﬁnancial institution. Place fraud alerts on your credit ﬁles. Monitor your credit ﬁles and account statements closely.
- Report suspicious e-mails or calls to the Federal Trade Commission through the the Internet, or by calling 1-877-IDTHEFT.