Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fraudulent Emails - Phishing - Do not be scammed!

BPD reminds residents to be aware of fraudulent emails that request your information. These are nothing more than what is called "phishing."

Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

An example is pasted below. This is an actual email. Alert your family members, friends, relatives and co-workers. Don't fall victim to these scams. Also see the Chase link for information on other fraudulent type emails that have been circulating.

If you believe you have been a victim of Identity Theft, follow these steps listed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at this link: 

Crime takes many forms today, including by electronic or digital means. Be aware of what lurks out there trying to take advantage and cause harm. Informed and alert citizens are the best way to fight back against cyber crime.

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