Low-lifes that prey on people are taking advantage of the confusion, turmoil and changes that are occurring rapidly in the financial markets.
The bottom line — never, ever respond to a request via email or telephone for sensitive personal information such as account numbers, passwords and Social Security numbers.
Scammers can send very convincing emails that link to very convincing web sites. They will often ask you to confirm or verify something by logging in. At that point they’ve captured your login ID and password and can wreck havoc on your accounts.
Legitimate financial institutions don’t ask you to “verify” information via email, the web or even the telephone. If you ever have a question or any doubt about the validity of a request, you should call the financial institution.
Be very careful out there!