Sunday, December 14, 2008

Internet Scam Series – Phishing

Ever get an email supposedly from a bank you do business with or one that you do not or a company you do business with stating your password has expired, please enter you old username and password and a new password to secure you account or something to that effect? 

How about am email to your PayPal account that takes you to a link that looks just like your real account? 

These and other things like it are called Phishing – pronounced fishing. A third party seeks to gain access to your account information so they can gain access to your fund and/or credit information either to deplete your funds or steal your identity. 

Technically this activity is defined as: a criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication 

Were many are mislead is it it not just by computer – you may get a phone call seeming perfectly legitimate requesting similar. This can occur using: 

  •  Link manipulation
  • Fiter evasion
  • Website forgery
  • Phone Phishing 

How do you protect yourself

  • Never give out your credit card or bank information over the phone unless you called and verified who
  • Never respond to a phone call or email with a link leading to a website requesting you change your account information
  • Keep your antispyware software current and run weekly scans (min)
  • Keep your antivirus software current and run weekly scans (min)
  • Check the full header information of any email
  • Call your bank or the business in question to verify call 

In January 2007, Jeffrey Brett Goodin of California became the first defendant convicted by a jury under the provisions of the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003. He was found guilty of sending thousands of e-mails to America Online users, while posing as AOL's billing department and is facing 101 years in Jail. 

If you want to learn more about Phishing here is a resource link

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