Public Service Announcement

Prepared by the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)

March 20, 2006
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Attention — Phishing scheme targets Thrift Savings Plan

Some Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) participants have received an e-mail purporting to be from the TSP. The e-mail requests confirmation that the participant has added an e-mail address to their TSP account. The email provides a link that takes the participant to a bogus version of the TSP account access screen where the participant's Social Security Number and PIN are requested. It then takes user to another screen where credit card and banking information are requested.

This e-mail is a hoax. Do not follow the provided link.

Be cautious when responding to requests or special offers delivered through unsolicited email:

  • Guard your personal information as well as your account information carefully.
  • You should never give any personal, credit, or banking information in response to unsolicited e-mails.
  • If your on-line account information requires updating, always access your account by opening a new browser window, and using the normal process for accessing the account.

If you have received this, or a similar hoax, please file a complaint at