South Shore Bank will never request your personal or account information via e-mail or phone. If you believe you are a victim of fraud, please contact the bank immediately at (781) 682-3715. Don't get hooked by scammers out ‘phishing'! Internet scammers casting about for people's financial information have a new way to lure unsuspecting victims: They go "phishing." Also called "carding," phishing is a high-tech scam that uses spam to deceive consumers into disclosing their credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security numbers, passwords, and other sensitive information.
The scammers send you an email that appears to be from a business you know. It could be your internet-service provider, online payment service, or bank, for example. The email says you need to "update" or "validate" your billing information to keep your account active. You are directed to a "look-alike" website of the legitimate business, further tricking you into thinking you are responding to a valid request. Unknowingly, you would end up submitting your financial information to the scammers, who would then use it to order goods and services and potentially obtain credit — in your name.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urges you to take the following precautions to avoid getting hooked by a phishing scam:
Phishing and Smishing are methods criminals use to trick you into giving them personal financial information.