Online Identity Theft: Phishing
“Phishing” is a fraudulent attempt, usually made through e-mail, to obtain personal information or passwords to your valuable online accounts. Identity thieves and scam artists send out authentic looking emails claiming to be from reputable credit card companies, banks, and brokerage firms. These emails will attempt to lure you into providing sensitive information such as your credit card number, social security number or the pin number to your checking account.
According to the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), an association focused on eliminating identity theft and fraud that result from phishing, there were over 86,000 phishing incidents reported worldwide in the 1st quarter of 2010*. Unfortunately, these types of scams are only growing more complicated. By misspelling a company name or rearranging an URL, these scammers can lead internet users to fake websites.
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