I am constantly seeing phishing scams popping up so it's time to get the word out about how to protect yourself. Phishing is similar to fishing, you put some bait out to lure in a victim. The phishing scam is normally out to get your username, password, credit card number or social security number. You could end up being a victim of identity theft if you accidentally give your information to a phisher.
Typical targets include online banking, paypal, and Ebay. The phisher will send you an email telling you that it is urgent that you submit your information so that they can fix a problem with your account. When you click on the link in the email, you are taken to a site that looks just like the site you are used to seeing. Don't fall for this. Instead, contact your financial institution directly by typing the address in the browser or clicking on the bookmark in your favorites.
Pay close attention attention to the address in your browser when you are asked to login or enter personal information. Look for extra characters or misspelled words. For example, mybank.com.bank.com or the @ symbol email@example.com.
The rise of social networking sites like Myspace has lead to a spike in phishing scams. One phishing scam that I noticed was from rnyspace.com. Did you catch that? It is actually, RNyspace.com, very clever huh? Of course the site looked just like the myspace login page that I was used to seeing but I was already logged in.
Anti-phishing software is a must for anyone surfing the web, make sure you have it. Also make sure that your browser has Anti-phishing measures. This should protect you from most phishing scams but some have found loopholes, so be careful. One sure fire way to protect yourself is with Lifelock. LifeLock is the only Identity Theft Prevention Solution backed by a one-million dollar guarantee!Click here to get a 10% discount.
And make sure that you report suspected phishing sites to the company that they are pretending to be. We all need to do this to put an end to phishing scams.
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