Sitting by a lake catching fish with my Dad was one of my favorite things when I was little. I was usually the one that caught actual fish, while my Dad ended up getting an old shoe or a stick.
These days there’s a different kind of fishing going on that could be quite harmful. ‘Phishing’ is the term for fraud where criminals pose as a reputable entity and attempt to “catch” your personal information. Crooks will use websites, phone calls or text messages that sound or appear legitimate to bait unsuspecting victims into giving out usernames, passwords, and even credit card numbers.
While phishing or vishing sounds scary, there are easy ways to protect your information. Never provide your information through email, via pop-up or by phone, especially if it’s from a company you’ve never heard of. Most reliable companies will never contact you blind to request any personal or sensitive information, especially login information or bank account or social security numbers. Truliant will never contact you to request your personal information. If you do provide any information, or have concerns about a suspicious communication, please contact us!
Protect your information so you’re not at the wrong end of the phishing pole!