Phishing Scam Education

Don’t Fall for ‘Phishing’ Scams

Bank customers are often targets of “phishing” attacks. Each year, the number of people who fall victim to phishing scams and unintentionally disclose sensitive financial or personal information is increasing. Phishing scams use fraudulent emails and websites to trick users into disclosing private account or login information.

To Help Protect Yourself:

  • Review all emails closely to determine if they are legitimate – particularly those emails that ask something from you.
  • Look for red flags such as misspellings, grammatical errors, requests marked as “Urgent!” or “Sensitive,” and/or emails from personal email addresses rather than a business email account.
  • Do not click on links or open any attachments or pop-up screens from unfamiliar sources. Cybercriminals embed malicious links to download malware onto devices and/or to send users to bogus websites. Hover over suspicious links to view the actual URL you are being sent to. Fraudulent links are often disguised by simple changes in the URL, for example, becomes in a phishing email.

It’s Better to Be Safe than Sorry!

If you receive an email that looks like it’s from the Bank, but you’re unsure about it, please call us at 703-684-1655 or stop by your local branch before taking action.

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