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Phishing is one particularly misleading and dangerous type of Spam the state workforce will encounter. Phishing messages have the following characteristics:
The goal is to fraudulently gain your information and use it for their personal gain. The number and sophistication of phishing scams sent out to consumers is continuing to increase dramatically. While online banking and e-commerce is very safe, as a general rule you should be careful about giving out your personal financial information over the Internet.
Report the message to postmaster using the instructions for reporting SPAM. Most legitimate businesses will not solicit such information through email. If you believe it is legitimate, call a customer service number (not one listed in the email) or type the legitimate company URL directly into the address line (do not cut and paste from the email).
The site below can be referenced to see if the message you have received is part of a phishing attack. Failing to find your particular message on any list does not make it legitimate!