Preventing Online Fraud
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Tips to Protect Yourself Online
1) Don't open e-mails from senders you
2) Never access a website from a link
in an e-mail, especially an e-mail that asks for personal
3) If you have any doubts about the
authenticity of an e-mail, do not respond, call the sender
or type in the web address in your browser.
4) Beware of emails sent offering you
a prize or a discount and then asking you to choose a user
id and password (most people use the same access information
for several accounts because it's easier to remember. Thieves will collect
your login information and try them at other sites, like financial
institutions or credit card sites).
5) Monitor your account activity
closely and watch for unusual activity.
6) Change your password every 60 days and make sure your online passwords are complicated.
7) Note that fraudulent e-mails often
include misspellings and poor grammar.
8) Update your anti-virus software frequently.
Common anti-virus software includes McAfee and Norton.
9) Beware of e-mails with a sense of
urgency; attempting to rush you into action. Messages like,
"Update now or we'll close your account..."
10) Do not include personal or sensitive
data in or in response to
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