Phishing is a popular scam designed to gather your personal information and use it for fraudulent purposes. It is usually a two-part scam involving emails and spoofed Web sites. The e-mail appears to come from a trusted source or institution and links to a spoofed Web site where you will be asked to enter your information.
Fraudsters try to convince you to share your personal information in a number of creative ways including:
- Imitating trusted sites and sources, not only in the email but also on the Web site it links to.
- Using urgent sounding scenarios or scare tactics.
- Asking you to "verify" your information for security or other purposes.
- Creating links that appear to be correct but when rolled over or clicked on go to another site.
While it can be difficult to spot a phishing site, some additional signs to look for are:
Awkward greeting - A phish may have an odd greeting or may not refer to you by name.
Typos and Incorrect Grammar - This is a tactic to avoid being blocked by e-mail filters.
Incorrectly Spelled Company Name - Another tactic used to bypass e-mail filters. For example, "Rabo Agri Finance" or "RaboAgrifinance".
As a reminder, Rabo AgriFinance will never request confidential information by email or phone.
It is important to report any suspicious activity. You may not only be helping yourself but others by doing so.
- If you receive a suspicious e-mail that you think is a phish email pertaining to your Rabo AgriFinance account - do not respond or provide any information. Call Rabo AgriFinance toll free at (855) 722-7766.
- If you have shared personal information when referring to your Rabo AgriFinance account in response to a phish email, call Rabo AgriFinance toll free at (855) 722-7766.