In the wake of the recent data compromises reported by major retailers, please be aware that "phishing" scams are on the rise. Take steps to help protect yourself against potential fraud and identity theft.
> WHAT IS PHISHING?
Phishing refers to criminal activity that attempts to fraudulently obtain sensitive information, such as social security number, driver's license, credit card information or bank account information by sending the intended victim an email. Sometimes a scam artist will first send a benign email and then follow that up with a phishing email that usually contains a malicious link. Cyber-criminals have typically used emails to launch this type of attack, but with the widespread use of social media networks and smartphones with internet access, these types of attacks are multiplying.
> HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF FROM PHISHING?
There are several steps you may take to avoid becoming a Phishing Victim.
> WHAT IF I AM A PHISHING VICTIM?
If you think you are a victim of identity theft or if you notice something suspicious, immediately contact us at (213) 430-4000 and call the following:
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