-- DO NOT READ if you hate being too off topic --
VERY off topic... but bear with me.
If you receive an e-mail from a bank (yes, even Canadian and U.K. banks...
not just American) as well as eBay or PayPal that says that you're account
needs updating or suspending, DON'T EVER assume it's on the level.
DON'T click on the link in the e-mail... go to the site as you normally do
or type the address into the URL address bar in your browser. Log into your
account from there and if there's a problem, they will tell you there.
As a former bank employee, I can also tell you this PERFECT tip... NO ONE
(not even a bank teller) should EVER ask for your PIN number. This should
ONLY ever be typed in by yourself to an ABM (bank machine) or to an
Interac/Cirrus type machine... or at your (physical branch) bank on a
machine in the branch... NEVER GIVE YOUR PIN NUMBER TO ANYONE ONLINE.... ever!
If you do or have, go to your bank (actual branch) or call their "hotline"
(via phone) right away and change the PIN.
So, one of the easy ways to spot a "phishing trip" is to look for the
link/page/e-mail ASKING you for a PIN number...
When it comes to your finances, like many things in medicine, piloting and
when dealing with black powder, "When in doubt, DON'T!"
If you're still "worried" that e-mail is truly about your account being
suspended or the like, CONTACT THE SITE/INSTITUTION VIA E-MAIL and ask...
DON'T hit reply and DON'T use the link in the e-mail... go to the site and
send a mail to their general contact e-mail and ask about the mail you
received BEFORE giving out your information to anyone... Wait for their
Sorry to chime in, but I get dozens of e-mails per day from people worried
that their eBay, Canada Trust, CIBC, Royal Bank, Paypal, etc. account is in
jeopardy... when it's only a "phishing trip" from some scam artist.
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