Today’s fraudsters make it their business to find whatever security loop holes they can and invent new ways to attack unprepared individuals and businesses, which makes it increasingly difficult to keep yourself protected. We can no longer install anti-virus software on our computers and call it good. We have to stay one step ahead of the criminals who want our identities, money and personal information.
We understand that you can’t spend your entire day researching what hackers and thieves are planning next. That is why we offer several resources to help you stay up-to-date. We want to keep you and your business protected.
Phishing is a type of identity theft that utilizes brand spoofing as a malicious attempt to collect customer information for the purpose of committing fraud.
Phishing is accomplished by directing customers to a fraudulent website that appears to be a legitimate site. The site then includes instructions or forms that allow the scammer to obtain bank accounts, addresses and social security numbers — all the data necessary to commit identity theft. In some cases, a pop-up window may appear for the purpose of collecting your financial or other personal information. If you provide the requested information, you may find yourself a victim of identity theft.
If you receive a suspicious email representing itself as Columbia Bank or to report potential threats you may receive in the form of email purporting to be from Columbia Bank, please forward the message to email@example.com. We will aggressively pursue any potential phishing scams.
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