April 4, 2011 - I know I'm always telling you about the latest e-mail scams and how to make sure you aren't providing important information to the wrong people, but things just got worse. One of the ways that indicates a phishing e-mail is that it comes from an institution you don't use and/or the e-mail is generic (it doesn't address you by name). Over the weekend, Epsilon announced a major breach to its database. What does this mean to you? Epsilon is the advertising company for businesses such as Chase, Citibank and Home Depot. Now someone has your name, knows which businesses you have an account with and they have your e-mail address. The good news is they don't have the really important stuff: sign-on information, passwords or other personal information.
AS YOU CAN NO LONGER TRUST E-MAILS FROM CERTAIN BUSINESSES THAT ARE ADDRESSED TO YOU BY NAME, PLEASE BE VIGILANT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CYBER CRIME.
Do NOT respond to any e-mails from what looks like your bank. NO BANK asks you to provide personal information in an e-mail. EVER. So don't provide any. If you think it may actually be a legitimate e-mail, please use another means of contacting the business (telephone, go to their specific website (never click a link in an e-mail) or even write a letter).
Check out the other pages on our website for more tips on keeping your personal information secure.