Protecting Yourself from Email Fraud

Not sure if you should click on that link in your email? Listen in as Technology and Design Instructor Jacob Sorem provides tips for protecting yourself from email fraud on this KARE 11 news segment, which originally aired on 4/4/11.

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Reporter: Some big companies are warning customers to watch out for spam emails. Hackers may have gotten their hands on emails and addresses over the weekend after a security breach at a Dallas based company called Epsilon. The company is an email marketer, and it has more than 2,500 clients including Best Buy and U.S. Bank. Those companies have sent legitimate emails to customers warning them about the breach. But you may see other emails that ask for your personal information.

Jacob Sorem: The best thing you can do to protect yourself is watch out for those spoof emails. Make sure that your emails are legitimate. Know that your companies are not going to ask directly for personal information, are not going to ask directly for your password. Make sure that the links that you click on, if you are going to click on any links, match up to where they are supposed to go. Ideally, always go through the company's home page anyway. That is probably the safest way to access your account information.

Reporter: If an email seems fishy, delete it. Legitimate companies will never ask for your personal information, password, or Social Security Number in an email.

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