Protect yourself from Phishing scams that can result in identity theft. I cannot stress this enough. Phishing scams are a warm topic lately that have grown with the popularity of online banking and social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook and Friendster.
The definition of Phishing originates from the analogy to fishing. The phisher uses a bait to lure victims into offering personal information like passwords and charge card numbers. The bait is usually and urgent plea from one of many victims friends or trusted websites, seeking information to eliminate some type of problem with their account.
One of many popular Myspace phishing scams uses a domain name of RNyspace.com which turns up in the browser address bar as hydra tor, very similar to myspace. Your website is made to look very similar to myspace and lets you know that you might want to log in. You need to be careful to check on the address in the web browser once you are called for login information or personal financial information.
Other typical targets for phishing include online banking sites, paypal, the interior revenue service and charge card companies. Internet users must certanly be vigilant and always double check to ensure that the site you’re giving your information to is in fact the site you trust.
Phishing scams have a snowball effect. One the phisher has your login information it is super easy to make contact with friends and family, pretending to be you, and obtain information as well.
Anti-phishing software is vital for anyone who accesses the internet. Most of the online sites providers have some safety measures included included in their online security software. Most web browsers also have add-ons that could detect most phishing scams. Unfortunately, these measures are not enough. A number of the more clever phishers are finding approaches to trick the anti-phishing software so you need to be cautious of suspicious emails and messages.
Phishing scams are not limited to the internet. Some phishers use the telephone to make requests for information. If you receive a phone from your banking institution asking for private information, say goodbye and call your bank directly. Your bank can have your social security number and account info on file and should only ask one to verify a couple of digits.
If you feel that you have been targeted by way of a phishing scam it is very important that you report it to the business that the phisher is pretending to be. If you get a contact that you believe to be a phishing scam you must forward it to the FTC: “firstname.lastname@example.org” so that others will not fall prey to these attacks.