Protect Yourself From Phishing

How Phishing Works
  • The individual receives an email that appears to be from a legitimate company, even the person's bank.
  • The message usually contains an urgent message that needs immediate attention and will guide the individual to a website.
  • The website usually is phony or sometimes the real site but altered so they can gather personal information. These websites often are very convincing.
  • The individual is asked to provide account information for verification. From this information the phishers are able to hack into accounts.
What Can You Do?
  • Keep your web browser up to date. Regularly access your browser's website to download security patches. This will protect you against a variety of software vulnerabilities.   
  • Do not fill out forms in e-mail messages requesting sensitive information. Personal information should be provided by calling Kitsap Bank directly at 800-283-5537 or by logging onto our secure website by typing in the URL www.kitsapbank.com.
    Tip: Type Kitsap Bank’s URL into your browser and bookmark it for future use.  
  • Do not respond to unsolicited e-mails that request personal information such as passwords, credit card numbers, ATM PINs, social security numbers, etc.   
  • Regularly log into your online accounts. If you see anything unusual, report it immediately to Kitsap Bank.
  • Pay close attention to your bank statements. If you see anything suspicious, contact us immediately 
Report a Phishing Attempt
Report anything suspicious to the proper authorities. Alert the company or government agency identified in the suspect e-mail through a Web address or telephone number that you know is legitimate.