If someone calls, texts, emails, or mails you asking for your personal information—e.g., social security number, credit card number, bank account info, passwords—DO NOT GIVE IT TO THEM. Even if they appear to be a known company or claim to be from a trusted source, they may be scamming you in order to steal your identity or money. This is known as phishing. Make sure to carefully consider whether the link you have been sent is authentic. You may want to independently reach out to the business or agency on your own terms using a known phone or website instead of accepting the unsolicited contact. Most legitimate companies will not contact you this way asking for personal information.