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What is phishing?

by Marianna Schmudlach / December 1, 2004 6:23 AM PST

Phishing is a scam in which the attacker sends an email purporting to be from a valid financial or eCommerce provider. The email often uses fear tactics in an effort to entice the intended victim into visiting a fraudulent website. Once on the website, which generally looks and feels much like the valid eCommerce/banking site, the victim is instructed to login to their account and enter sensitive financial information such as their bank PIN number, their Social Security number, mother's maiden name, etc. This information is then surreptitiously sent to the attacker who then uses it to engage in credit card and bank fraud - or outright identity theft.

Many of these phishing email appear to be quite legitimate. Don't be a victim. Look over the following examples of phishing scams to familiarize yourself with the clever techniques used.

Read more:

http://antivirus.about.com/od/emailscams/ss/phishing.htm?nl=1

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Re: What is phishing?
by roddy32 / December 1, 2004 7:57 AM PST
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Geeze, I thought I was finally spelling it right with "Plishing". LOL Have you EVER had a word that you just can NOT get right no matter how many times you try ?? LOL This time I wrote it down on a Post-it and it is on my monitor. Plain

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Re: What is phishing?
by William Randall / December 1, 2004 9:43 AM PST
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roddy,

You could just call them "sc" or "smart" scam. Happy

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Re: What is phishing?
by William Randall / December 1, 2004 9:44 AM PST
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senior moment, meant smart scam or ss Happy

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Re: What is phishing?
by roddy32 / December 1, 2004 11:02 AM PST
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Good idea William. LOL Another word that I ALWAYS have trouble with it broccoli. I can NEVER remember if it is 2 "c"s or 2 "L"s LOL

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They think they're being smart...
by Cooltruth / December 4, 2004 12:31 AM PST
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They won't think they're so smart when they get caught. Hope they get punished enough to fit their crime when their spamming asses ARE caught!

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Re: What is phishing?
by spander / December 3, 2004 4:50 AM PST
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I know to most of the world this is no big deal. But, if people want the rest of us to believe they are just 1/2 as smart as they think they are then at least use proper grammer. "PIN number" is stating---"Personal Identification Number number"! It is PIN! Or, PIN code, or PI number. NOT PIN NUMBER. Jethro Bodine, who done gradiated tha 8th grade would say PIN number.

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(NT) (NT) BTW: It was the 6th grade.
by Brent Welch / December 3, 2004 5:29 AM PST
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