North Atlantic Region Alert: Phishing Scam Warning
Dear Sorors of the North Atlantic Region,
I am aware that a phishing scam is circulating using my name and an email address that is not mine. The current scam is asking about gift cards for soldiers, although the topic can pertain to almost anything in which you are being asked about information or items of value.
Please disregard and do not respond.
For those unfamiliar with the practice, phishing is when someone uses fake emails or texts to get you to share valuable personal information – like account numbers, Social Security numbers, or your login IDs and passwords. Scammers then use this information to steal your money, access your networks or financial accounts or install viruses or other dangerous software.
The Federal Trade Commission offers the following tips for identifying phishing attacks before you click on a link or share any of your sensitive information:
- Check it out. If you have concerns about the email, contact the company or person directly. But look up their phone number or website yourself. That way, you’ll know you’re getting the real company and not about to call a scammer or follow a link that will download malware.
- Take a closer look. While some phishing emails look completely legit, bad grammar, an incorrect sender’s email address and spelling errors can tip you off to phishing. As an example, the email name may be mine but the actual email address is not (ex: Mary Bentley LaMar - email@example.com or Mary Bentley LaMar firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Report phishing emails. Forward them to email@example.com (an address used by the FTC) and to firstname.lastname@example.org (an address used by the Anti-Phishing Working Group, which includes ISPs, security vendors, financial institutions, and law enforcement agencies). You can also report phishing to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.
- Also, let the company or person that was impersonated know about the phishing scheme.
Sorors, please be diligent and stay safe while you’re online. As always, please contact me or my office with any questions that you may have.
Soror Mary Bentley LaMar
North Atlantic Regional Director
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.®