Identity Theft, Email & Internet Fraud
Be cautious of any email received requesting the updating of a records
file. These fraudulent emails claim to be from a legitimate company such
as eBay, Netscape, Earthlink, and so on. The company's official logo
will appear on the email message in an attempt to make the message
appear legitimate. However, there are several flaws with the message,
most notably the misspelling of words.
The message will advise the recipient that their account needs to be updated. The message will request the recipient to fill in the blank fields with personal information such as a user ID and password, credit card number, or any other type of personal information.
The sender of these emails is attempting to steal your identity. Do not respond to these emails. Protect your personal information. If you have an account with one of these companies and receive a request to update your personal information, delete the message and contact the company directly to avoid any possibility of identity theft.
For More Information
See the Federal Trade Commission website
for further information about email fraud, identity theft, and Internet fraud.