Sunday, July 18, 2004

Something Phish-y

Link - What's phishing? According to Privacy, Inc., "any email communication that looks legitimate, but its sole purpose is to defraud you of your account information and the money in your account." Usually it's an e-mail, purportedly from your bank, your Internet provider or eBay. A problem with your account requires you to confirm your Social Security number, bank account number, credit card information or passwords. You're asked to click on a link, but instead of the actual site you're delivered to a cleverly disguised mock site. The data you enter is captured by scammers who want to steal your identity, drain your accounts or both.

Fifty-seven million people in the United States have been on the receiving end of a phish-ing attempt within the past year. Spend a few minutes at this site to check up on the latest "line" from the phishers. And Internet provider Earthlink offers a downloadable toolbar available to all Internet users. It can alert you before you enter a known scammer's Web site.

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