If you receive an unexpected e-mail saying your account will be shut down unless you confirm your billing information, such as a Social Security number, do not reply or click any links in the e-mail body.
Before submitting financial information through a Web site, look for the “lock” icon on the browser’s status bar. It means your information is secure during transmission.
If you are uncertain about the information, contact the company through an address or telephone number you know to be genuine.
If you unknowingly supplied personal or financial information, contact your bank and credit card company immediately.
Monitor credit card and bank statements for unauthorized charges.
Consumers should also report fraudulent or suspicious e-mail to their Internet service provider.