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Spot and Stop Phishing and Email Spoofing

Oct 30, 2018, 17:15 PM by Danielle Silva

Phishing is a scam where a person is duped by a deceptive e-mail message into revealing personal or confidential information (passwords, social security numbers, credit card numbers, etc.).  The scammer will then use the information to commit fraud. Phishing attempts will try to fool the recipient into believing the email is coming from a trusted source, like your credit union.  They will use logos, fake email addresses, etc., to make the email look official. 

At U.S. Eagle, we do our best to locate and stop phishing attacks before they reach our members.  Our new encrypted email process provides a protected means to send and receive secure emails, thereby providing our members the assurance that the email is authentic and free of phishing attempts.  You can learn more about this process by clicking here.

Unfortunately, no matter what companies do, some phishing emails will always make it to the inbox. And those messages are extremely effective—97% of people around the globe cannot identify a sophisticated phishing email.

What can anyone do to stop these phishing scams?  To start, be cautious of unsolicited emails. The precautions below are a great way to continue the fight against scammers:

  1. Look out for spelling mistakes in brand/company names
  2. Beware of vague salutations, like “Valued Customer”
  3. Do not be influenced by unwarranted or unexpected urgencies, like “your account has been suspended” and “unauthorized log-in attempt”
  4. NEVER provide personal information
  5. Do not click on web addresses or attachments that don’t seem right
  6. Trust your instincts.If it feels phony, then it very well may be

We will continue our efforts to reduce the risk of phishing and fraudulent efforts.  Everyone can do their part by being cautious and reporting any attempts.  You can learn more about protecting your identity by clicking here

If you ever have suspicions about an email that may have come from U.S. Eagle, you can call us directly at 505-342-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-342-8766.

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