Scam Artists Using E-Mail To Gain Access To Your Financial Accounts

Scam Artists Using E-Mail To Gain Access To Your Financial Accounts

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PROVO (KSL News Services) -- The latest internet studies show hackers are focused on getting your personal information so they can get access to your bank accounts instead of creating programs to wreak havoc with computer systems.

Sergeant John Geyerman with the Provo Police Department says says a PayPal scam seems to be the most common scam right now and says it's always important to check your account balances.

“If it’s from your bank or paypal, call their customer service line on the phone and ask them if they need this stuff so you know who you are talking to and you not sending this stuff to whoever,” he says.

He says many scammers take a little bit of money out of your account each month that way people don't realize they are being scammed.

He also says consumers receive fake email messages all the time asking people to update their personal account information. Research shows one in every 125 e-mail addresses has been solicited by internet thieves.

(Copyright 2005 KSL NewsRadio)

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