Protect Your Identity
Learn about the common methods used to steal your personal information.
In phishing schemes, the perpetrator sends an email to consumers falsely claiming to be from a
legitimate company, in hopes of luring consumers to a "spoofed" website. The spoofed website
is almost an exact copy of the legitimate website, created for the sole purpose of stealing personal or
financial information. Consumers are typically asked to update sensitive personal information, such as
names, account and credit card numbers, passwords, Social Security numbers, etc.
In pharming schemes, thieves create false websites to entice customers to enter their personal data. To
avoid pharming, make sure you always check the http address. When you get to the page where you're
asked to enter personal information, the http should change to https. The "s" stands for