Fraudulent emails can be used to trick you into giving out your personal information. Such emails may appear as if they are from legitimate sources; however, clicking the links embedded in these emails might expose your personal information to cyber thieves.
ICMA-RC suggests these fraud awareness tips to help you better safeguard your retirement assets and personal information.
Potential indicators of a fraudulent or malicious email include emails that:
- Ask you to verify or confirm something by clicking an embedded link or opening an attachment.
- Prompt a response from you by using alarming language such as "your account has been compromised"
- Confirm a transaction you did not initiate
- Contain misspelled words or grammatical errors
- Request your password or personal identification number
What should you do if you think you received a fraudulent or malicious email?
- Verify the information by going directly to that company’s website instead of replying to the email or using a link within the email.
- Visit the company's website and use the contact information on the site to call or email the company.
- Do not forward the email, click on any links, or call any numbers listed in the email.
These practices should not be limited to your retirement account. It’s a good idea to apply them to all business you conduct.
If you receive any suspicious emails concerning your account with ICMA-RC, please contact our Investor Services team at (800) 669-7400 or log in to your account at www.icmarc.org/login to send us a secure email message. The sooner you notify us, the sooner we can help.