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Attention FOP Members: Watch Out for Suspicious Email 11/05/2012
Many members of the FOP have received an email asking for their FOP.NET website or FOP.NET email username and password.

This is spam. The FOP will never ask for your FOP.NET website or FOP.NET email username or password via email.

Additionally, an email has been received by multiple members from a company offering communications and video services. It uses content that specifically mentions the "Steve Young Law Enforcement Legislative Advocacy Center" and the email of Jgross@fop.net. This company and email is not associated with or endorsed by the FOP.

If you receive this email, please notify PJ Haley at pjhaley@fop.net or Andrew Bittner at abittner@fop.net.

Please take a moment to look at the following and remember to remind your members and friends about being cautious with emails asking for personal information.

Thank you.

Beware of Attempts to Collect Your Personal Information

What is Phishing?
Phishing is an attempt, using fraudulent e-mail or pop-ups, to get you to divulge sensitive information such usernames, passwords, or social security numbers. Phishing differs from virus or worm attacks in that the e-mail or pop-up itself is innocuous, and cannot grab your personal information from your system without your knowing it. Instead, phishing relies on old-fashioned con artist tricks to get you to give up the information voluntarily. This information is used to steal your identity. Phishing is on the rise.

How does it work?
Generally the e-mail or pop-up will be cleverly crafted to look like it came from a bank, financial institution, or other online company, such as PayPal or eBay, that you trust. It will ask you to verify account information within the body of the e-mail (threatening dire consequences if you don't), or direct you to a website that fakes the look of the company's website. Any information you enter will be sent to the perpetrators of the fraud.

How do I protect myself?
The best protection against phishing scams is to be cautious in how you share sensitive financial or personal information. Be skeptical of any e-mail or website that asks for personal information. Legitimate businesses are very aware of phishing, and do not send e-mails requesting sensitive information. Do not reply to the e-mail, or follow any of the links. If you think the request might be genuine, confirm it either by calling the company directly at a number you know, or go directly to the company's website by typing a known address in the browser window. When evaluating an e-mail message requesting personal information, try to imagine it as an unsolicited telephone call. If you wouldn't give that information over the telephone to an unknown caller, don't give it out in response to an unsolicited e-mail.

How can I learn more?
There are a number of sites on the web that provide information about phishing. Some of the better ones include:

The Anti-Phishing Working Group
Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information Security site
American Banking Association Consumer Connection site
FraudWatch International
PayPal Security Center
eBay Security Center