Build America Mutual does not want anyone to be victimized by fraudulent communications or websites that use our name or appropriate the look and feel of our Site. Identity theft, credit card fraud and other crimes often start on the Internet, where perpetrators of fraud use a variety of methods to obtain information or entice victims. These include:
In general, you can visit the Site without telling us who you are or revealing any individually identifiable information about yourself. We may collect, store or accumulate certain non-personally identifiable information concerning your use of the Site. For example, we may collect the Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses of visitors and, for each IP address, the number and length of visits, pages viewed and browser used. We may use a log analysis program to determine domain names associated with certain IP addresses and to analyze patterns of use for all or some of the IP addresses we collect. We may use the information you provide us in aggregate form for internal business purposes, such as generating statistics or developing marketing plans, measuring the use of our Site, and improving the content of our Site. We may share or transfer such non-personally identifiable information with or to our affiliates, licensees, agents and partners. There are times, however, when Build America Mutual may need to obtain personally identifiable information from you, such as your name, address and email address (“Personal Information”), in particular in connection with a request for materials. Unless otherwise disclosed to you, the Personal Information we collect will be used by Build America Mutual (or by one or more of Build America Mutual’s affiliates, licensees, agents or partners) to respond to your inquiry and fulfill any requests for materials.
- “phishing,” or the sending of so-called “spoof” emails that appear to be from a reputable, well-known company but are not. This fraudulent email may ask for personal information (including name, address and credit card number) or provide a link to a website that imitates the look and feel of that company’s site and asks for such information. These fraudulent emails and websites may also try to install malicious software on your computer that tracks your activities.
- Fake investment proposals accompanied by websites made to look like those of legitimate companies in order to gain credibility (sometimes substituting a different company name).
- Invitations to engage in unethical financial schemes, invoking the names of legitimate companies or their officers to appear more believable.
For more information on internet fraud, visit the US Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) website at http://onguardonline.gov.