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Phishing is the most widely used cyber attack vector.

Learn how to spot a fake email:

Phishing (pronounced fishing) is the latest form of identity theft. It's when thieves act as if they are representing an organization and try to "hook" the consumer into providing personal information. They can dupe you into providing your Social Security number, bank account numbers, PIN numbers, passwords, mothers' maiden names and other personal information.
By E-mail:

The most common form of phishing is by e-mail. For instance, you could receive an e-mail from Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company asking you to "reconfirm" your personal information. Unfortunately, this e-mail is not from us, but from a phisher pretending to be a representative of our company.

Typically, the e-mail contains a link to a Web site that looks like a near-replica of our site. You click onto the link and add your personal information, which goes right into the hands of identity thieves. It is important to not respond to these e-mails.

By Phone:

Phishers also use the phone to hunt for personal information. Some, posing as employers, call or send e-mails to people who have listed themselves on job search Web sites.
While phishing scams can be sophisticated, the following features are often indicators that something is suspicious.

  • Someone unexpectedly contacts you and asks for your personal information, such as your bank account number, a password or PIN, credit card number or Social Security number. Taylor Bank would not contact you for that information.
  • The sender, who is supposedly a representative of our organization, asks you to confirm that you have a relationship with us. We already have that information on record.
  • You are warned that your account will be "shut down" unless you reconfirm your financial information.
  • Sense of urgency or threatening language.
  • Unfamiliar or unusual senders or recipients.
  • Spelling or grammar errors.
  • Request for money or personal information.
  • Call to action, such as clicking a link or downloading an attachment.

If you receive an unsolicited e-mail or phone call that seems suspicious, and is allegedly from our organization, do not reveal any information. In fact, please call us at (410) 641-1700 to verify that the request is legitimate.
If you feel that you have been a victim of phishing, you can report the occurrence to CISA (Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency) by sending them an email at phishing-report@us-cert.gov or visit them at cisa.gov/uscert/report-phishing for more information.
You may also contact the Federal Trade Commission's ID Theft Clearinghouse at consumer.gov/idtheft or call (877) 438-4338 for information on how to put a "fraud alert" on your files at the credit reporting bureaus. Also, be sure to notify your local law enforcement.