Phishing involves the use of fraudulent emails or pop-up messages that appear to be from a legitimate source like your bank or favorite shopping site, usually including a company name and/or logo. Often these email or pop-up messages will:
- Ask you to verify or update personal information by clicking a link or calling a phone number.
- Suggest dire consequences if you do not respond, such as your online access expiring or being suspended.
- Contain prize or gift certificate offers in exchange for completing a survey.
Often the link, phone number, or attachment provided in these emails is fraudulent. The intent is to trick you into divulging your personal information, such as account number, User ID and password, or social security number so they can commit identity theft or fraud. It may also be an attempt to deliver and install malicious code (malware/Trojan horse) that can harm your computer. This malware can be used to record keystrokes you enter when accessing different web sites.
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