What You Can Do to Protect Yourself
Maintain an up-to-date operating system and install software updates as soon as they are available.
Make sure you have the most recent version of your web browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox).
Use a firewall to prevent unauthorized access to your computer, and to monitor transfers of information to and from your PC.
Update your anti-virus software frequently. Most anti-virus software includes a feature to download updates automatically when connected to the internet.
Below is a list of available resources and information dedicated to helping you to protect yourself and become aware of and report suspected cases of fraud.
Consumer Information Privacy, Identity & Online Security
Privacy, Identity & Online Security is part of the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information website that provides helpful tips to protect your information and identity.
OnGuard Online is part of the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information website that provides tips for online and computer security, tips to guard against online scams, and how to protect you and your family while surfing online.
FDIC's Cybersecurity website provides tools and resources to assist consumers in Cybersecurity Awareness and how to avoid identity theft, frauds and scams.
The Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force maintains a wide list of resources and information dedicated to helping find and report suspected cases of financial fraud and ways for consumers to protect themselves from fraud.
IC3 is the Federal Bureau of Investigation's website that can be used to file an Internet crime complaint. In addition, the site provides resources and tools to help prevent you from becoming a victim of Internet crime.
APWG- Anti-Phishing Working Group
The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) is a non-profit, global, pan-industrial and law-enforcement association focused on eliminating the fraud, crime and identity theft that result from phishing, pharming, malware and email spoofing of all types. This site provides a variety of tips and resources to mitigate being targeted through phishing, pharming, malware and email spoofing scams.