Don't Get Hooked by this Phishing Scam

May 31, 2018

The fraudsters are at it again and this time they're posing as Charles Schwab. In a new wave of phishing attempts, you may receive fraudulent emails that appear to be sent by Schwab.  Pay close attention as there have been several variations of these new phishing emails attempted. The most common email references an e-payment and security notice as shown below.

These phishing emails typically contain a link to a legitimate-looking Schwab website and prompt you to provide login credentials and other personal information.

IF YOU RECEIVE A SUSPECT EMAIL, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

1.  DO NOT click on any links within the email or provide any personal information.

2.  Delete the email immediately and let your Advisor know that you received it.

3.  Continue to have a heightened awareness of fraudulent emails and never click on links that you are at all suspicious of. 
 

Note: If you’re a client of Charles Schwab, we are not aware of a security breach and are sending this communication as a purely preemptive measure to all of our clients, irrespective of custodian. More than likely, these fraudsters are shooting in the dark hoping to find a client of Schwab to reap havoc upon. Stay alert!  This is a generic phishing attempt and not specific to Beaird Harris.

 

SAFEGUARD ONLINE INFORMATION

Charles Schwab works to protect you from unauthorized account access and other security hazards. Learn more about these protections through SchwabSafe®, a collection of security measures designed to keep your personal and financial information safe online. 

SUSPECT FRAUD? CONTACT BEAIRD HARRIS NOW.

If you suspect fraud or identity theft, the faster you act the better. Here is what you need to do, right now.

1. Contact us first.
Call Beaird Harris at 972-503-1040. After hours, contact Schwab at 800-435-4000. If abroad, call +1-602-355-7300.

2. If you confirm unauthorized activity, let the credit bureaus know.
Equifax-Call 800-525-6285 or visit www.equifax.com, or write P.O. Box 740250, Atlanta, GA 30374 
Experian-Call 888-397-3742 or visit www.experian.com, or write P.O. Box 9556, Allen, TX 75013 
TransUnion-Call 800-680-7289, or visit www.transunion.com, or write P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92634


3. After contacting the credit bureaus, notify the appropriate government agency.
Visit the FTC’s Identity Theft Site to learn more.


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