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You ond indicated that it came from mes- pastBestBuycustomers.(Theycourse,includedatoll-freephonecan also report phishing attempts to theFederalTradeCommissionat https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/.Inthe event that you have actually been a victim of a phishing scam, first con-tact your bank or credit card com-pany, where you will probably want to change passwords and cancel your credit card. Then file a report with the FBIs Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at https://www.ic3.gov/. In most instances, you may also file a complaint with the office of your state attorney general. Nobodylikesbeingavictimof what is essentially online crime, but it is good to know how to protect yourself and how to take responsive measures when necessary. PeterPellandistheCEOof Pelland Advertising, a company that he founded in 1980 that has been serving the family camping industry for over 40 years. His company spe-cializes in building fully responsive websites,alongwithproducinga full range of four-color process print advertising, for clients from coast to coast. Learn more about Pelland Ad-vertising at https://pelland.com or see their ad in this issue. WCM10 February 2023Woodalls Campground Magazine'