What should I do if someone asks for my personal information over the phone or email?

You should seriously consider who you are dealing with and the reason for the contact prior to giving out you personal information.  Unsolicited emails, text messages and phone calls could be a scam.  Never give your personal information to someone from a business or company you do not use.  If you receive a message from a business that you do use and you think if may be a scam, just call your local branch, store or office to confirm the message.     

Phishing is a common scam occurring today.  This scam includes unsolicited emails, text messages and phone calls used to obtain personal information.  The scam involves the scammer pretending to be a legitimate trustworthy business.  This could be a bank, credit card company or any other genuine entity including the IRS.  The scam works by a ploy where the victim is asked to visit a website or place a phone call because there has been a problem.  This problem could be anything from a security breech to a network failure. Once the website is visited or the call placed the victim will be asked to verify their personal information.  Once this is done the scammer will have all the information needed to steal the victim’s identity.

If you feel you were the victim of a scam contact you local police department.

Examples of a Scam:
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Scam Resource Page

Identity Theft Resource Page