Phishing? What is Phishing?

The word phishing comes from the analogy that Internet scammers are using email lures to “fish” for passwords and financial data from the sea of Internet users.


Phishing, also called brand spoofing, is the creation of email messages and Web pages that are replicas of existing legitimate Web sites. These Web sites and emails are used to trick users into submitting personal, financial or password data.


The goal of these phishing felons is to lead consumers to believe that a request for information is coming from a legitimate company. In reality it’s just another scam to collect customer information for the purpose of committing fraud.


Tips on how to avoid phishing scams:

  • Protect your computer with anti-virus software, spyware filters, email filters and firewall programs.
  • Contact us at 250-494-7181 immediately to report your suspicions.
  • Do not reply to any email that requests your personal information.
  • Look for misspelled words.
  • Always report phishing or ‘spoofed’ emails. If you’ve received one of these suspicious emails, report it to or the financial institution that it appears to be from.


Please note! We would never ask for your account information or passwords via the internet or telephone. If you receive such a request, report any suspicious calls or emails to us.




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