Phishing - A Cyber Theft Method

Phishing

Phishing is an online criminal activity con game and phishers are nothing more than tech-savvy con artists and identity thieves. They use SPAM, Malicious Web Sites, E-mail Messages and Instant Messages to trick people into divulging sensitive information, such as user name, password, bank and credit card accounts informations.

How Do You Know

  • Phishers, pretending to be legitimate companies, may use email to request personal information and direct recipients to respond through malicious web sites.
  • Phishers tend to use emotional language using scare tactics or urgent requests to entice recipients to respond.
  • The phish sites can look remarkably like legitimate sites because they tend to use the copyrighted images from legitimate sites.
  • Requests for confidential information via email or Instant Message tend to not be legitimate.
  • Fraudulent messages are often not personalized and may share similar properties like details in the header and footer.