Phishing refers to scams that attempt to trick consumers into revealing personal information that can be used to commit fraud. Such scams can happen over the phone, email, mail and text message.
Phishers often target users with fake internet sites or email messages that are disguised to seem legitimate, or leverage social networking sites where users are already sharing information with others.
Look out for common tactics such as subtle misspellings in URLs, or substitutions such as using “.biz” instead of “.com.”
If you receive an unsolicited message asking you to confirm account information, be extremely cautious – financial institutions do not proactively request this sort of information.