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While targeted phishing attacks are likely to increase as a result of this breach, it is important that users are always vigilant for phishing attacks and understand how to recognize a phishing attempt and what users can do to protect yourself and minimize the likelihood of getting phished.  The tips below will help you stay safe.

How Can I Avoid Becoming a Victim?

  • Be cautious about all communications you receive including those purported to be from "trusted entities", and be careful when clicking links contained within those messages
  • Do not respond to any unsolicited (spam) incoming e-mails.
  • Do not open any attachments contained in suspicious emails.
  • Do not respond to an email requesting personal information or that ask you to “verify your information” or to “confirm your user-id and password”.
  • Beware emails that reference any consequences should you not ‘verify your information’.
  • Do not enter personal information in a pop-up screen. Providing such information may compromise your identity and increase the odds of identity theft.
If it appears to be a phishing communication, do not respond. Delete it. You can also forward it to the Federal Trade Commission at


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Resources for TOP Security Awareness Alerts:

Bank Info Security

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NCCIC Advisory on Targeted Phishing Attacks

AntiPhishing Work Group

OnGuard Online



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