Submitted by: Kraig Gray
Submission Date: September 23, 2014

Crooks use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. They often combine sophisticated technology with age-old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information. They add new… twists to old schemes and pressure people to make important decisions on the spot. One thing that never changes: they follow the headlines — and the money.
Phishing Scams ask you to confirm or provide personal information (credit card and bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, passwords, etc.). The sender already may have some personal information about you, stolen as part of a data breach. Don’t let that fool you. Legitimate companies don’t ask for sensitive personal data via email or text.
The text below is from an actual attempted EMAIL Phising Scam of one of our Greenwich residents…DO NOT RESPOND, delete these emails and text message of a similar nature!!

“We are pleased to notify you of your Electronic award for $2.7 million Dollars. Your award was announced on 2nd December, 2013and you only have 11 weeks to respond! Necessary to process claims such as: Name:, Address:, Tel/Fax:, Cell/Mobile:, Email:, Alternative Email:, Age:, Occupation NOTE: The ONLY requirement to complete payout is to obtain or process a Tax Identification Number (TIN). Non-EU citizens qualify for Tax Exemptions. However, any winner who does not qualify for Tax Exemption, 25% Tax rate applies and it is deducted before payout is completed”

Don’t be tempted by what they are offering, be wary of what they are asking for! Legitimate companies don’t ask for sensitive personal data via email or text.