Watch for online fraud occurring in chat rooms, via email, message boards or on websites. It may be used to solicit victims to conduct fraudulent transactions, or to transmit the proceeds of fraud to financial institutions or other parties. Protect yourself against getting caught up in any online offers you may suspect as ‘shady’.
Simple tips to help you stay safe online
- Never send personal and/or financial information by regular email.
- Be careful what type of personal information you post on social media sites (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter etc). Take advantage of the privacy settings these sites offer and limit who can see your profile.
- Be skeptical about any email message that reaches you claiming to be from Bridgewater Bank. If you are uncertain as to the legitimacy of an email, contact us immediately.
- The best way to protect yourself from email fraud is never to respond. Once you have reported the suspicious email, delete it. Do not reply to or click on any link provided in the email.
- Protect your home computer using anti-spam, anti-spyware and anti-virus software. Make sure they are always up to date. Install a personal firewall to act as a barrier to viruses and other external attacks. Check for operating system patches and upgrades on a regular basis. If you are unsure about the security or safety of a site, use a free tool such as McAfee Site Advisor to ensure the webpage is safe.
- Never share your passwords for any website or account.
- Be cautious about the information you provide when filling out online registration forms, personal profiles or when entering online contests. Be sure that the forms are secure and that you are dealing with a reputable company or institution.
How you can help
If you see any suspicious online activity, please report it and help prevent other people from becoming victims. When you report online fraud, banks and other companies can take steps to shut down fraudsters and their websites.
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