I posted this on my weblog
, thought I should also post it here.
I have encountered this in the past, and I know to ignore it now, or my spam guard catches more of it. But I have seen it growing more and more. I do not want any of the people that I know to fall victims of this. I have seen some pretty good ones that look to the untrainned eye exactly like the actual website. I have seen Paypal, Ebay and yahoo mocked up in very convincing ways. So just please read this and take note. Concact me for any questions I would be glad to help.
Phishing – a growing Internet scam technique that tricks a user, per an e-mail notice, to visit a seemingly legitimate website and input personal information. Information is then used for fraudulent purposes, such as identity theft.
Have you started to receive emails from various reputable institutions, asking you to visit a website that requests personal information, even if you don’t have an account or services with that institution that supposedly sent the e-mail? Familiar companies like Citibank, USBank, PayPal, Ebay, even credit card companies like VISA and Discover… I know Discover for sure got attacked not too long ago because I got a notification from them. If so, then you’ve met the Internet’s latest threat, called “phishing.”
The following tips can help you identify and avoid phishing scams:
• Never supply personal information via email request. If you get an email from a reputable organization that you believe may be fake, contact the organization using a telephone number you know to be genuine.
• Do not supply personal information on a website if the address does not start with “https:”. The “s” indicates a secure connection to the website, however this method is not foolproof as some con artists may have fake security certificates.
• Keep antivirus software current, and do not open attachments that you are not expecting. Some phishing emails contain viruses or software that is meant to track your Internet activities in secret.
If you feel you have been targeted by a phishing scam, you should:
1. Go to the legitimate site and change all your passwords. This should be done ASAP, if you make a mistake this does not correct it but at least might protect that account.
2.If you gave out a CC number, contact your CC company and report your card number stolen. It might not happen right away, but it is better to go through the hassle than to deal with identity tefth.
3. Report the scam email or the fraud resulting from one of these scams to the Federal Trade Commission.