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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Police Warn of ‘Phishing’ Email Scam

Westport police today warned of a “phishing email” scam involving a request identified as from the Town of Westport asking a resident to update credit card information.

Capt. Vincent Penna said it was advised by the First Selectman’s Office today “that a resident had received an email purportedly from the Town of Westport requesting that he update his credit card information to facilitate online payments made to the town.”

He said the resident questioned the validity of the email and an investigation discovered that it was not affiliated in any way with the town.

Penna said it appeared to be an attempt to obtain credit card information from individuals in a scam known as a “phishing email.”

“At this point police are attempting to locate the origins of the email and are reminding residents that the town has never and does not request financial or personal information in unsolicited emails,” he said.
“Residents are urged to contact any agency or business making such requests prior to providing sensitive information to confirm their validity.”

Penna said if any other Westport residents received similar emails they can contact the Westport Police Department at (203)341-6000.

For further information regarding phishing email scams, police suggested resident go to https://www.onguardonline.gov/phishing.

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