According to the Federal Trade Commission, phishing (pronounced 'fishing) is "when internet fraudsters impersonate a business to trick you into giving out your personal information, it’s called phishing. Don't reply to email, text, or pop-up messages that ask for your personal or financial information. Don’t click on links within them either – even if the message seems to be from an organization you trust. It isn’t. Legitimate businesses don’t ask you to send sensitive information through insecure channels."
Examples of Phishing
You open an email or text, and see a message like this:
- "We suspect an unauthorized transaction on your account. To ensure that your account is not compromised, please click the link below and confirm your identity."
- "During our regular verification of accounts, we couldn't verify your information. Please click here to update and verify your information."
The senders are phishing for your information so they can use it to commit fraud.
How to Deal with Phishing
- Simply delete the email or text message.
- Contact the iEdit Network directly by contacting your web consultant or opening a ticket on our secure MyiEdit website and let them know what is going on. IMPORTANT: To protect your private information, be sure to make sure your website address starts out as https://.
The iEdit Network will NEVER ask for your:
- MyiEdit Account Username or Password
- Hosting Username or Password
NEVER provide sensitive information in an email. Any private information needs to be given directly through our secured text line or voice call only. All other forms will be discarded for your security.
If the iEdit Network is providing you with non-automated sensitive information, it will arrive in a encrpyted PDF using your 6-digit security code as the password.