Common types of
cyber fraud decoded.

Learn about cyber fraud and how to protect yourself.


Fake bank email messages requesting your personal information.

What You Can Do: Never send account information over email. Do not click on links or reply to a suspicious email. Delete the email immediately.

Smishing (SMS Phishing)

Fake bank text messages directing you to a phone number or website that requests your personal information.

What You Can Do: Never respond to a text message with personal information. Do not click on links or call numbers from a suspicious text. Delete the text immediately.


Malicious software (ex. viruses, spyware, trojans) designed to steal your personal information.

What You Can Do: Never download a file or attachment unless you know what it is and who sent it. Update your anti-virus software to protect your computer from malware threats.

Password Compromise

If a password is reused and a cybercriminal gains access to one account (ex. email, bank website login), it may lead to access to other accounts.

What You Can Do: Use different passwords for each login and change them often. Never give out passwords. If an account has been compromised, change your password immediately.