What to Do If You Give Your Personal Information to a Phisher

Learn what actions you should take to protect your accounts and report the incident.

Operating System: All

Applies To: UB students, faculty, staff, alumni, retirees and volunteers

Last Updated: March 15, 2021

Act Now

Choose actions based on the information you revealed and how that information can be used.

Your UBITName Password

Your Bank or Credit Card Account Number, Password or PIN

  • Call the bank’s hot line, usually printed on the back of your bank card, and report the incident.
  • If you have transferred money to a phisher, report  the incident to your  local police.
  • Inspect your statements carefully for signs of account misuse.
  • Determine if you want to put a lock on your credit records. This will keep anyone from opening a new account.
  • Go to your bank’s online website and look for information about fraud, phishing or identity theft.  Find out what your bank expects you to do.

Your Social Security Number

The FTC is the nation's consumer protection agency. The FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection works for the consumer to prevent fraud, deception and unfair business practices in the marketplace.

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