The federal banking, thrift, and credit union regulatory agencies have published an informational brochure to assist consumers in identifying and preventing a new type of Internet fraud known as “phishing”.

The brochure explains the basics of “phishing”, the steps consumers can take to protect themselves, and the actions that consumers can take if they become a victim of identity theft. The brochure, Internet Pirates Are Trying To Steal Your Information, is available in a downloadable form through the Federal Reserve Board’s Web Site:

 http://www.federalreserve.gov/consumers.htm