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By Pam Leibfried
Thieves and hackers have become more and more creative and clever in finding ways to trick people into sharing personal information that can put their finances at risk. One method is a so-called “phishing” email.
These phishing (pronounced like “fishing”) scams are emails designed to mimic legitimate emails from businesses like retailers or financial institutions. In reality, they are created by thieves to trick you into entering your confidential financial and login information into a scam website. The scammers can then use the victim’s information to make fraudulent purchases or steal identities.
Below are some tips on how to identify phishing emails and what you should do to protect yourself.
So how do you know if an email that says it is from Alliant or another financial institution is legitimate?
Review your account activity regularly. Monitoring your accounts on a regular basis is the best way for you to guard against being a victim of fraud. Alliant makes it easy for you to monitor your accounts for fraud:
Never provide personal information in response to an unsolicited email.
Learn more about steps you and your family can take to protect against fraud.
Pam Leibfried is a marketing content specialist whose love of words led to a writing and editing career. After a brief stint teaching English, she transitioned to corporate communications and spent 20 years at The Nielsen Company before joining Alliant’s content development team. Early in her work life, Pam’s friend Matt explained the benefits of a 401(k) and her dad encouraged her to start a Roth IRA. Their good counsel prompted her to prioritize retirement savings, which just might enable her to retire early so she can read more and live out the slogan on her fave T-shirt: “I have a retirement plan: I plan on quilting.”