Don’t think that because there is an official-looking logo on a website that it is not a fraudulent. It is easy for scammers to steal a logo online and use it. In fact, scammers can steal the entire code of a web page and reproduce an identical page to the page of the organization.
Don’t be fooled because a scammer is contacting you about a bank where you have an account. If you do your banking at the XYZ Bank, the scammer might send out 100,000 emails to hit X number of people with accounts at the XYZ Bank.
Don’t be fooled by emails telling you to “verify your account,” “update your account information,” “we found during regular maintenance,” and “failure to update your records will result in account suspension.” If you are concerned about the last one, call your branch manager.
Do use Microsoft’s SmartScreen Filter. The filter is a feature of Internet Explorer 8, and 9 and it is designed to help protect you from fraudulent websites that try to steal your personal information. While you surf the Internet, SmartScreen Filter analyzes pages and determines if they have any characteristics that might be suspicious. If it finds suspicious web pages, it shows a yellow warning and advises you to proceed with caution. If the site matches an updated list of reported phishing sites, SmartScreen Filter notifies you with a red flag that it has blocked the site for your safety. To learn more, see Internet Explorer 9 Features: SmartScreen Filter.