Scammed? What To Do Now.

Say you get an email from your bank, asking you to update your information, which you go ahead and do. When you call the bank, you are told they did not send you any email. Banks will not ask you to update your information EVER through an email.

You fell for a phishing scam. What now?

You may want to close that account and open a new one. Place a strong password on the new account, to prevent someone from accessing it, then place a 90-day fraud alert with each of the three credit reporting agencies. You might also consider placing a freeze on your credit reports so that no one can get credit in your name.

Here are some additional tips from the ITRC (Identity Theft Resource Center) and from the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) if you’ve been the victim of a scam.

BONUS: Spot the Phish

Phishing emails are getting trickier. Can you tell which of these emails from Verizon Wireless is real and which is fake?


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