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
Reporting a Phishing Attempt
- If you suspect that you’ve been phished, contact our Customer Service department at 360-876-3644, Option 7 or Toll Free 800-283-5537, Option 7. Please forward the URL and other pertinent information to email@example.com.
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.