Lakeside Bank is warning customers to be careful of phishing
scams related to the Target data breach that happened in November of last year.
"These attacks use spoofed e-mails and fraudulent
websites designed to fool recipients into divulging personal financial data,”
said Matt Fruge, vice president and IT officer for Lakeside Bank. "Phishers
highjack the trusted brands of banks, online retailers and credit card
companies to convince recipients to respond to them.”
Victims of the Target data breach are especially vulnerable
right now to phishing added Fruge. "These criminals have the ability to send
legitimate looking e-mails. The most important thing for customers to know is
their bank will never ask for their personal information in via e-mail.”
To avoid becoming the victim of a phishing scam, Fruge
suggests following these tips:
- If you
have already responded to an e-mail, contact your bank so they can protect your
from giving out your personal or financial information in response to an unsolicited
phone call, fax or e-mail. It doesn’t matter how official it may seem.
- Do not
respond to e-mails that warning of serious consequences unless you validate
your information immediately. Reach out to the company to confirm the validity
of the e-mail using a phone number or Web address you know is legitimate.
check your credit card and bank statements, looking for unauthorized
transactions, even small ones. Some thieves count on small transactions going
unnoticed. Report any discrepancies immediately.
- If you
are submitting financial information online, look for the padlock or key icon
at the bottom of your Internet browser. Most Internet addresses that are secure,
though not all, use "https” at the beginning of the address in the URL bar.
information, contact Lakeside Bank at (337) 474-3766 or visit www.lakesidebanking.com.