New "phishing" scams appear nearly every day. Some of the most recent ones involve:
- fake e-mail messages that appear to be official federal court subpoenas;
- fraudulent emails sent to a college's alumni, attempting to obtain login passwords;
- e-mails purporting to be from a credit union or bank, telling recipients that their accounts have been suspended due to a “billing failure” and directing them to follow a link to “unlock” their accounts.
In addition, in some cases, an attorney may be useful to assist you in obtaining reimbursement or protecting your rights.
[I]mmediately contact your financial institution and, if necessary, close existing accounts and open new ones. Also contact the police and request a copy of any police report or case number for later reference. In addition, call the three major credit bureaus (Equifax at 800-525-6285, Experian at 888-397-3742 and TransUnion at 800-680-7289) to request that a fraud alert be placed on your credit report.