This is the first of an ongoing series of public-service columns scheduled to appear in upcoming issues of "Rye Reflections".
The "PHISHING" Scam
You get an email that looks like it comes from your bank, credit card company, etc., asking you to "UPDATE THEIR RECORDS". May be due to potential fraud, other reasons.
Provides a hyperlink to a web page where you enter your personal information. The link takes you to a thief's website that is disguised to look like the company's website.
PREVENTION FOR COMPUTER USERS:
• Password-Protect your computer, and files that contain sensitive personal data. Install and
• Update virus protection software.
• When shopping on-line, be sure companies provide transaction security protection.
• When disposing of your computer, use a strong "wipe" utility program to remove data, or physically destroy the hard drive.
BE AWARE OF FRAUDULENT ATTEMPTS TO STEAL MONEY FROM YOU!
If you have questions or concerns on offers of solicitations, we encourage you to contact the Bureau of Consumer Protection at (603) 271-3641, or the Rye Police Department at (603)964-5522.
Harold Moldoff is a volunteer Consumer Affairs Specialist with Bureau of Consumer Protection and Antitrust, in Concord, N.H., and is a resident of Rye Beach.
July 7, 2005
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