The most common types of e-mail fraud include e-mail messages sent to you for the purpose of stealing personal and financial information.
These e-mails claim to be from legitimate sources and will try to entice you to give personal and confidential information such as on-line ID’s, passwords, Social Security numbers and bank account numbers.
This activity is also known as “PHISHING” or “SPOOFING”. Criminals use this type of e-mail fraud to gain access to your existing accounts or to open new accounts.
Fraudulent e-mails are very difficult to identify. These messages will ask you to reply directly to the e-mail or ask you to link to a phony Web site that appears identical to a legitimate site. Then they will ask you for personal or financial information.
You can identify fraudulent e-mails by looking for the following:
To get more information on E-mail and Online Fraud, go to one of the following Web sites:
FDIC: Don't Be an Online Victim: How to Guard Against Internet Thieves and Electronic Scams, http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/guard/index.html
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
Toll-free hotline 1-877-IDTHEFT (438-4338)