Protect Yourself From Phishing

Internet fraudsters are everywhere, and a scam they frequently use is called "phishing". Simply put, fraudsters create emails and websites that resemble those from authentic merchants and banks, hoping to lure you (i.e. the "phish") into revealing personal identification and/or entering banking and credit card info. This fraud can lead to financial loss, identity theft and of course, complete loss of confidence in any institution whose site has been "'phished."

How does it work?

Online thieves send out emails that seem to originate from legitimate companies. These emails direct victims to fraudulent look-alike websites, where the "phish" is asked to enter personal and financial information. Because these fake sites look entirely legitimate and the request appears to be coming from a trusted financial institution or credit card company, victims will often enter their credit card numbers, Social Insurance Numbers, credit union/bank account information and address, phone numbers and email details. Of course, this data is then used by the crook to replicate the victim’s identity, acquire new credit cards, redirect mail and open bank accounts in the victim’s name.

Activate your "phish" sense

  • make sure your children, close friends who may be vulnerable and your parents are aware of the "phishing" scam; so many victims are seniors and really, anyone can be fooled by these fraudulent websites
  • be suspicious of any email with urgent requests for personal financial information; reputable financial institutions and credit card companies will never request personal or financial information this way and If you receive this type of email, simply delete it without opening it
  • don't use links to websites in an email if your "phish" sense is activated and you suspect fraud
  • don't fill out forms in email messages that ask for personal financial information
  • always make sure you're using a secure website when submitting sensitive information over the web; a secure site's name will most often be prefixed by a https:// in your browser's address bar
  • you can also click the "lock" icon that appears next to any secure site's URL in the address bar and review the connection details and digital certificates that ensure that any information transmitted is also encrypted for security
  • if you receive an email from ACU that looks suspicious, please call us right away at 204.958.8588 (toll free1.877.958.8588) to confirm its legitimacy.
 

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