Never give out personal information – If you receive unsolicited e-mails & phone calls, even if they seem like they are from an official source, do not respond with any personal or financial information.
Don’t respond to “urgent” e-mails – Scammers can send out e-mails warning people that if they don’t send information in a certain amount of time, there will be dire consequences. Do not respond to these types of e-mails. If the e-mail looks like it came from a business, contact the company directly to confirm the validity of the e-mail.
Monitor your statements – Check your credit card & bank statements regularly. Look out for unauthorized transactions and report any suspicious activity immediately.
Make sure websites are secure – Before submitting sensitive information online, look for the padlock or key icon at the bottom of your internet browser to assure that the website is secure. The most secure Internet addresses begin with “https”.
Report suspicious activity – The Internet Crime Complaint Center is a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center. You can file a complaint directly through this link: Internet Crime Complaint Center
Contact your bank – If you think you responded to an e-mail that you should not have, contact your bank immediately so they can protect your account and identity.