MSN Explorer: Help minimize the risk from online phishing
To help protect yourself from online phishing:
Turn on Microsoft Phishing Filter to scan the websites you visit for characteristics typical of phishing websites. For more information, see MSN Explorer: Turn Microsoft Phishing Filter on or off.
Don't give out personal information in an e-mail message, instant message, or pop-up window.
Don't click links that appear suspicious, especially in e-mail or instant messages from strangers. And, because even e-mail and instant messages from friends and family can be faked, check with the sender to make sure that they actually sent the message before you open it.
Only visit websites that provide privacy statements or information about how they help protect your personal information.
Routinely review your financial statements and credit history, and report any suspicious activity.
If you think that you may have entered your personal or financial information into a phishing website, immediately do the following:
Change the passwords or PINs for all your online accounts.
Place a fraud alert on your credit reports. Check with your bank or financial advisor if you aren't sure how to do this. Not all banks permit fraud alerts.
Contact the owner of the real website directly. Do not follow any links in the fraudulent e-mail.
Close any accounts that were accessed or opened fraudulently if you know what they are.
If you discover that you are a victim of online fraud, immediately contact the local police.