Wall Street Journal
Phishing is an attempt to steal personal data where a thief sends an email claiming to be from a legitimate business, a government agency, or a financial institution. The website or email often asks you to confirm or update your account information, or may ask for your social security number, credit card information, personal identification number, password or user name, or other sensitive personal information. The thief then can use your personal information to commit identity theft or other fraudulent activities.
Phishing scams often rely on placing links in email messages, on websites, or in instant messages that seem to come from a service that you trust, like your bank, credit card company, or social networking site. These websites or emails may mimic legitimate ones very successfully.
Western International Securities and their clearing firms, J.P Morgan Clearing Corp., Pershing LLC., will never ask you to verify your account or provide confidential information by email. Do not respond to unsolicited emails providing Web links and requesting that you log onto these websites so that you can update your account or log-in information. If you think your bank or other organization requires your information, call your representative, or type the organization’s Web address into your browser directly.