Indiana State Police and Indiana Office of Technology
Indiana Statewide Notice
The Indiana State Police is sharing important information provided by the Indiana Office of Technology to help Hoosiers protect themselves from Internet and telephone phishing scams.
The information below is also included as a PDF with this release.
The Indiana Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IN-ISAC) -- a joint effort of the Indiana State Police, Indiana Office of Technology, the Indiana Fusion Center and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security -- was established in Fall 2015 to help further secure state government from cyber threats and to help educate the public about cybersecurity.Here are some tips about phishing. For more cybersecurity tips, visithttp://cybersecurity.IN.gov.
Beware of phishing attempts. All Hoosiers must be careful not to fall victim to phishing, a particularly misleading and dangerous type of spam. Phishing (pronounced “fishing”) is the illicit attempt by criminals to obtain personal information. Phishing may occur by email, on Internet sites or over the phone by real people or robotic calls.
Phishing messages generally have the following characteristics:
The phisher’s goal is to fraudulently gain your information and use it for personal gain. The number and sophistication of phishing scams sent out to consumers are increasing rapidly. While online banking and e-commerce are safe, consumers as a general rule must be careful about giving out personal financial information over the Internet or by telephone.
What should I do if I receive a "phishing" message?Most legitimate businesses will not solicit such information through email. If you believe it is legitimate, call a customer service number (not one listed in the email) or type the legitimate company URL directly into the address line (do not cut and paste from the email).
The site below can be referenced to see if the message you have received is part of a phishing attack. Failing to find your particular message on any list does not make it legitimate!
Phishing techniques designed to trick recipientsTo lure people into responding, phishers try to use:
Log onto http://cybersecurity.IN.gov for more information on phishing and other cybersecurity issues or subscribe to the IN-ISAC email list.
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