Internet Safety Tips

The Internet is one of modern day’s greatest assets. It is full of useful resources that make everyday living more convenient. However, it can also be a hotbed for scammers, fraudulent activity and identity thieves. Learn more about how to protect yourself by visiting the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer site.

With the billions of emails sent and received on a daily basis, you may at some point be the recipient of a fraudulent e-mail. Pay attention to the finer details of any e-mail that you receive. Most scammers include links or file attachments to download as part of their particular scam. When the link is clicked on or the file is downloaded, many times it includes a malicious virus. Never click on a link or download any files from unfamiliar emails. Do not input any personal information until you have verified the website.

Remember:

  • Do not open unsolicited emails.
  • Do not click on links or download any files included in any unsolicited email.
  • Do not open or reply to any spam, just simply delete it.
  • If the email references a security breach involving your account, contact the organization in question.
  • Never call the number included in an email that seems suspicious. Search the Internet for a legitimate contact number for the organization in question.
  • Guard your personal information.
  • If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Common Internet Scams:

  • Phishing
  • Spoofing
  • Malware
  • Nigerian or “419” Fraud
  • Pharming
  • Email Lottery Sweepstakes
  • Internet Dating/Romance Scam
  • “Secret Shopper”
  • Work from Home

Fraudulent Websites

Watch out for copycat websites that purposely use a name or web address very similar to, but not the same as, that of the real website. The intent is to lure you into clicking onto their website and giving your personal information such as your account number and password. Always check to see if you have typed the correct website address before conducting any business.

Report any suspicious e-mails and web site addresses immediately

Contact the organization in question to report any fraudulent emails or other electronic communication you may have come across. For any EBSB related inquires, call 1-800-657-3272 or visit your nearest branch.

For More information visit these websites

Internet Crime Complaint Center
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Internet Fraud Tips
Fraud!Org - A product of the National Consumers League