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In a social engineering attack, an attacker uses human interaction to manipulate a person into providing them information. People have a natural tendency to trust. Social engineering attacks attempt to exploit this tendency in order to steal your information. Once the information has been stolen it can be used to commit fraud or identity theft. Criminals use a variety of social engineering attacks to attempt to steal information, including:
This brochure explains the meaning of these common attacks and provides tips you can use to avoid being a victim.
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Website spoofing is the act of creating a fake website to mislead individuals into sharing sensitive information. Spoof websites are typically made to look exactly like a legitimate website published by a trusted organization.
Phishing is when an attacker attempts to acquire information by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Phishing messages often direct the recipient to a spoof website. Phishing attacks are typically carried out through email, instant messaging, telephone calls, and text messages (SMS).
Contact us immediately if you suspect you have fallen victim to a social engineering attack and have disclosed information concerning your Peoples State Bank accounts.
Call us at 936-628-3312 or visit your local Peoples State Bank branch location.
Regularly monitoring your account activity is a good way to detect fraudulent activity. If you notice unauthorized transactions under your account, notify Peoples State Bank immediately.