A phish generally describes an email that appears to come from an institution with which you may or may not have a business relationship, and intends to get you to disclose personal account information (such as mother’s maiden name, credit card account information, bank account number, PIN code, or a variety of other sensitive information). Links within the email take you to a fake website that usually looks authentic because it uses graphics from the institution’s real website.
HVFCU, like many financial institutions, has a policy that we will never send an email to you asking for your personal account information. Regardless of whether or not institutions you deal with have this policy, you should make it your policy to never disclose your personal account information based on an email request. This applies to phone solicitations as well. Remember that your institution has your account information and won’t need to ask you for it.
To learn more about phishing, please refer to the additional information below:
- Phishing Quick Facts and Myths
- How to Tell if an Email is a Phish
- How to Report a Phish (in particular an email that is masking itself as an HVFCU email)
- I entered my personal info on a phisher website. What do I do?
- How did the phishers get my email address? / Has my personal account info been compromised?
- What is HVFCU doing to stop phishing?
- How can I protect myself from phishing?
- SonicWall Phishing IQ Test – Test your knowledge about phisher websites, and see if you can pick out the legitimate emails from the phishing emails.
- Phishing Examples