Do not give sensitive information to anyone unless you are sure that they
are indeed who they claim to be and that they should have access to the
How do you avoid being a victim?
* Be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls, visits, or email messages from
individuals asking about employees or other internal information.
* Do not provide personal information or information about your
organization, including its structure or networks, unless you are
certain of a person’s authority to have the information.
* Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not
respond to email solicitations for this information.
* Don’t send sensitive information over the Internet before checking a
* Pay attention to the URL of a website.
* If you are unsure whether an email request is legitimate, try to verify
it by contacting the company directly.
* Take advantage of any anti-phishing features offered by your email
client and web browser.
What do you do if you think you are a victim?
* If you believe you might have revealed sensitive information about your
organization, report it to the appropriate people within the
organization, including network administrators.
* If you believe your financial accounts may be compromised, contact your
financial institution immediately and close any accounts that may have
* Immediately change any passwords you might have revealed.
* Consider reporting the attack to the police, and file a report with the
Federal Trade Commission (http://www.ftc.gov/).