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You may receive fraudulent e-mails aimed at retrieving personal information. Online fraud is a widespread issue on the Internet, and the best line of defense is education – learn how to recognize scams and e-mail fraud to protect yourself online.
Fraudulent E-mails can often appear to come from a reputable source – this is called "spoofing" or "phishing" because the sender's true identity is concealed. Never click on a link in a suspicious e-mail message.
The fraudulent e-mails request you to access a website and validate or confirm your personal information. These websites appear to be genuine and may ask you to provide personal information. The site may even direct you to call a provided phone number to verify account information.
If an offer proposed in an unsolicited e-mail sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Nigerians (or other countrymen) do not need funds to pay taxes on millions, you have not won a lottery in a foreign country and need to pay taxes, a mystery investor probably does not have "top-secret inside information" that will make investing with him a "can't lose," and there is a good chance that someone acting on behalf of a relative to help with an accident or get them out of jail or a foreign country probably does not know anyone in your family. Never agree to wire funds or send money orders to someone to hold a car, apartment, etc., for a price that is too good to be true.
City National Bank will NEVER ask for personal information through e-mail. Your best protection against fraud is caution.
Do not respond to any message asking for the following: