Phoenix, AZ. (PRWEB) November 4, 2005
Blue Financial, the Arizona Mortgage Banker is warning all consumers about the prevalence of Phishing attacks that steal consumers' personal identity data and financial account credentials. Phishing schemes use 'spoofed' , or fake, e-mails to lead consumers to counterfeit websites which are designed to trick recipients into providing sensitive financial data such as credit card numbers, bank account usernames, passwords and social security numbers. Phishers often times use the names of banks and credit card companies to convince recipients to respond.
Hal Jolley, President of Blue Financial says, “I became aware of phishing when an employee of ours was Phished be email by a fraudster seeking to get my bank account information. The email looked like it came from a bank. We strongly suggest that all e-mail’s be screened selectively, and if a bank or credit card is requesting information do everything prudently possible to safeguard you information.
Blue advocates following the FTC guidelines for Phishing:
- If you get an email or pop-up message that asks for personal or financial information, do not reply. And don’t click on the link in the message, either.
- Use anti-virus software and a firewall, and keep them up to date.
- Don’t email personal or financial information.
- Review credit card and bank account statements as soon as you receive them.
- Be cautious about opening any attachment or downloading any files from emails
- Forward spam that is phishing for information to spam (at) uce.gov.
Blue Financial advocates personal financial self-control, lower consumer debt, decreased spending on credit cards, and achieving better credit scores by eliminating unnecessary expenses.
Blue Financial was founded in 2002 to provide Arizona homeowners with less than perfect credit a place to borrow money at low rates, and to assist homeowners, through a refinancing transaction, to move toward the path of financial freedom by consolidating their debt, improving their monthly cash flow, and improving their credit history.
Interview Contact: Hal Jolley at 480-682-2584.