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Never Provide Personal Information



You give your personal information to banks, credit card companies, utility companies, etc. when you open an account with them. However, phishers do not have that info and they are becoming increasingly sneakier. Learn how to protect yourself.

Your bank, credit card, utility company, etc., already has your personal information from when you first established your account. They will NEVER request that you provide them with any of that information via email nor telephone call.

  • Would-be identity thieves have gotten very good at making their emails look like they are from your bank, credit card, utility company, etc..

Phishing for Info

This is another reason why I set up RULES. I created several folders: one of my bank accounts, one for my credit card companies, one for my utility companies, one for businesses and stores that I normally use for online purchases, etc. I then set up a rule so all emails from those companies go directly into their folder rather than into my ‘inbox’.


That means, any email that is in my general INBOX have different email addresses and automatically flag me to be cautious.

If you have questions about an email you received that’s requesting information from you that was provided when you set up the account with that company, either call that company or log onto the company’s website and submit a question or chat with a rep from the company asking about the email you received.

Do NOT use a telephone number in the email in question or a link provided in the email. Rather, use a phone number on a business card that you received when you established the account or that is on the back of a credit or debit card. Or, log onto the company online account using the URL that you already have.


NOTE: when I initially establish an account with a bank or credit card company, as soon as I get home, I enter that info into the telephone directory of my DayTimer. I do that because I always have my DayTimer with me and it’s not online, so I never have to worry about my personal info being stolen. Whenever I receive suspicious requests phishing for info that I already provided to the company, I have all the info that I need to contact that company using the info in my DayTimer. I also save the website URL in my favorites.

Other references you can use:

Check out the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team for instructions on how to handle phishing emails.

Also check OnGuardOnline, which is another government agency.

TASK: Take a few minutes to round up all of the contact information from banks, credit card companies, utility companies, etc., and put that information in a safe location that you will easily be able to find if you forget your login or password or how to contact a company at a point later in time.



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Updated: October 24, 2017 — 6:50 pm

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