By Matt Cullina,
The email below popped into my inbox this morning—and it was suspicious from the start.
What immediately caught my eye: a partially listed credit card number, a request to download information, and a threat that my card would be blocked if I didn’t input requested information correctly.
Millions of fraudulent emails are sent to consumers daily. They claim to be from a range of sources, including companies whose services you may use, and they’re “phishing” for your personal information. This one happened to be from Wells Fargo, which shares on how to protect yourself.
How did the scammers get my email address? Easy. Someone who had my email address in his contact list received the same email and, unfortunately, clicked on the links to download information.
How to spot a phishing email
Our fraud experts encourage customers to watch for these red flags in phishing emails:
How to protect yourself
Don’t panic if you’ve received a fraudulent email. Stay safe with these tips:
- • If you clicked on any links in the email and suspect you have malware on your computer, visit .
- • If you haven’t downloaded any information from the email but suspect it contains malicious code, forward the email to your Internet Service Provider’s abuse department and/or to .
If you suspect your information has been exposed, call your insurer or bank, which may provide from Identity Theft 911. Or directly. One of our fraud investigators will guide you and provide practical support to protect your accounts.
Scammers cast a wide net by sending countless, official-looking emails to people in an attempt to get their ATM pins, passwords and credit card information.
When it comes to these phishing scams, you’ll want to be the one that got away.
Matt Cullina, Chief Executive Officer,
Matt has 15 years of insurance industry management, claims and product development experience. He spearheaded MetLife Auto & Home Insurance Co.’s personal product development initiatives, managed complex claims litigation and served as a corporate witness for Travelers Insurance and the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co.