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.
OnGuard Online is the federal government's
website that will provide tips to help you be on guard against
Internet fraud, scams, secure your computer, and protect you and
your family while surfing online.
FDIC Identity Theft & Fraud
FDIC's Identity Theft & Fraud website provides
tools and resources to assist consumers in preventing being a
victim of Identity Theft.
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 a 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
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. These sites provide a variety of tips and resources to
mitigate being targeted of phishing, pharming, malware and email