Fraud through E-mails
You may have received one through e-mail, a notice that looks like it comes from a bank or business you have accounts with.
It's called Phishing. The e-mail could say something like "you have irregular check card activity" and provide a number for you to call, but that number could be fake. In the last two years experts identified at least 200 phishing scams using he Bank of America identity. Other companies have to deal with phishing too.
The State Attorneys Office receives calls almost everyday but it's a complicated process to catch the person behind the scam.
"A lot of times these internet addresses are connected to other addresses which may be connected to a P.O. Box which is to a non-existent business," says Spencer Mann with the
If an e-mail asks you to enter personal information, such as an account number or social security number; don't. Many people fall victim to identity theft. Credit card accounts, loans, and major purchases can be made with your name and it could be a while before you are even aware of it. You should check your credit every year to make sure everything is normal.
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