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 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. These sites provide a variety of tips and resources to mitigate being targeted of phishing, pharming, malware and email spoofing scams.