Tips for Bronx residents on how to avoid becoming victim of an online scam

Residents in the Bronx beware. There's a popular online scam that can lead to residents having their bank accounts emptied and their identity stolen.

The latest online scam is called 'phishing.' The way it works is victims get a spam e-mail asking them to disclose credit card numbers, bank account information, social security numbers, passwords and other sensitive information. The e-mail often contains a link to a fake Web site that looks real.

One Bronx Citibank manager says customers are being warned because these fake sites can look just like the real Citibank Web site.

To avoid becoming a victim, the Federal Trade Commission says don't reply to any e-mail asking for financial or personal information, review credit card and bank statements, use anti-virus software, and be cautious when opening attachments or when downloading.

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