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Identity Theft : Don't Fall For That E-Mail!


You have all heard the warnings.  You have been cautioned not to provide your sensitive information to unknown parties, especially over the Internet.  So why are these identity theft scams still working?


The Wall Street Journal reported that so-called ‘phishing’ activity (known for fishing through information in thousands of phony E-Mails) continues to increase.  What to look for now?  Anything and everything.  Identity thieves are working harder than ever to disguise E-mails in appearing to be sent from a credible company.  Refined logos and phony web sites resembling these legitimate companies are created and incorporated in to these bogus E-mail messages where customers are asked to confirm such sensitive information as account numbers, passwords, and Social Security numbers.  Do not fall victim to this scam!  Do not respond!  Although these E-mails appear genuine, they are mostly likely false.  Before responding with sensitive information to any E-mail or phone call, verify the information by initiating separate contact with the company.  Stay on your toes.  Spam E-mail complaints can be forwarded to the Federal Trade Commission at to be viewed by law-enforcement officials.

For further information, contact Louis P. Stanasolovich, CFPä  at (412) 635-9210 or e-mail him at

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