Friday, June 23, 2006

What is Phishing

Phishing is currently one of the greatest threats to face you and your family. Without your knowledge your identity can be cloned, you can loose control of your accounts at sites such as eBay & PayPal which can damage your online reputation and even lead to financial loss.

If you are still unaware of what Phishing is, listen up!

Phishing attacks arrive in your e-mail inbox. They are email messages which appear to be from your bank, or another reputable online site that stores your information. These messages claim that there is an error in the banks system, or even claim to be doing a security check and ask you to verify your identity.

When you click on a link in the phishing email, instead of being sent to the real site (where you account is most probably fine), you are taken to a 'clone' of the page set up by the Phisher. When you enter you details on this page, they go straight into the hands of someone on the other side of the world who will attempt to steal your identity and the contents of your accounts.
All this can happen without your knowledge, whilst you are sleeping a scammer could be using your eBay account and positive feedback score to post none-existent items for sale - and then running with the money paid once the auction is closed.

You will then be left with the undesirable task of patching over your now damaged online reputation, and attempting to restore your account status.

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