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5 Quick Tips To Protect You From Internet Fraud

E-mail and Internet fraudsters carry out their scams more invisibly than ever before, making identity theft from online scams one of the fastest growing crimes today.

Here are five quick steps to help protect you from Internet fraud:

  • Never provide sensitive or personal information in an e-mail.

    Many fraudulent emails send out urgent messages that claim your account will be closed if sensitive information is not immediately provided, or that important security needs to be updated online. First Commercial Bank will never use this method to alert you of an account problem. Criminals use this popular trick to extract personal information for fraud.

  • Work on a computer you trust. 

    Firewalls, anti-virus, anti-spyware and other protection devices help keep your personal data protected. Using a public computer puts you at greater risk of fraud since you are unable to verify the computer's integrity.

  • Use a secure browser.

    Only use secure web pages when you're conducting transactions online. A web page is secure if there is a locked padlock in your browser.

  • Never click on links within an e-mail.

    It's safer to retype the web address in your browser than to click on it from within the body of the email.

  • Don't open odd or unexpected attachments.

    If you do not know the sender of the attachment, or are not expecting the attachment, delete it. Do not open attachments with odd file names. Most computer files use extensions such as ".doc" or ".docx" for documents or ".jpg" for images. If the file ends in .exe, .pif, or .vbs, they are executable files and could be dangerous if opened.