If things aren’t bad enough, with banks and other financial institutions going belly-up and being sold off, cybercriminals have figured out that it’s a great time to go phishing. The Federal Trade Commission issued a “Consumer Alert” in the past few days. Here’s the gist of it:
The online wise-guys have calculated this is a good time to phish because naïve or disoriented customers of distressed businesses might be more inclined to fall for a phishing email.
In current environment of financial trouble times, many might find it reasonable for their bank to send them an e-mail asks to re-confirm, validate, or update the account information and respond – unwittingly revealing some or all their personal and financial data that leads to the pilfering from their account and/or theft of the their identity.
Best advice – Be very suspicious right now of anyone that contacts you looking for information about your bank or financial accounts. For more tips on how to avoid identity theft and phishing attempts, visit the McAfee Security Advice Center at: www.mcafee.com/advice.