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With the recent rise in cyber threats, it is more important than ever to protect your private information.
One common way that hackers gain access to personal information is through “phishing” emails. Phishing is defined as “the practice of using fraudulent e-mails and copies of legitimate websites to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers. These messages may impersonate your financial institution and frequently appear to come from a valid email address or phone number. They often include an urgent request for you to update your information, secure your account, verify your identity, or confirm a transaction.
These scams may ask you to call a phone number, sign on to a fraudulent website, or respond with personal and/or account information.
Here are some tips on spotting phishing messages:
What you can do to protect yourself:
Password Security Tip
Website Security Tips
• Resist the pressure to act quickly. Scammers often create a sense of urgency to scare victims into immediate action
Computer/Network Security Tips
What can you do if you believe a criminal has gained access to your device, account, or personal information?
If you have questions on the legitimacy of the email or messages, you can call us at 1.800.888.7882 or email [email protected].
We are constantly working to protect you and share important updates like this so you can protect your identity, accounts, and other information. Stay safe, be vigilant, and remember that we are here for you.
On this page, you will find screenshots of some of the latest fraudulent/phishing emails, top tips to avoid becoming a victim, links to Vantage West blog posts about specific kinds of scams, and links to external resources including the Federal Trade Commission’s website, Better Business Bureau’s scam tracker, and others.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Website: The FTC offers updates on the most recent scams and tips to avoid becoming a victim.
Better Business Bureau (BBB) Scam Tracker: This site shows an interactive map with details on current scams and dollars lost, with the option to report a scam.
Arizona Attorney General’s Consumer Scam Warnings: This list of consumer scams focuses on protecting Arizona seniors from financial exploitation, but these warnings can benefit any consumer.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Tax Fraud Alerts: Information on abusive tax schemes and how to report tax fraud to the IRS.
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