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Don’t Get Hooked by Phishing
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Don’t Get Hooked by Phishing

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. One of the sinister techniques that thieves use to steal your identity is called phishing.

Phishing is a practice that online fraudsters use to “fish” for confidential passwords and financial data from the “sea” of Internet users using email. Phishing has two major components:

Spoofing occurs when thieves create a near exact replica of an existing website

Spamming occurs when you receive unsolicited email also known as junk email. A typical email will tell you that you need to update your account information for an account. The email contains a link that when “clicked” will take you to the spoofed website where you are asked for some personal and financial information. Once you enter in this information, the identity thief has access to it.

Phishing occurs when identity thieves use spoofing and spamming to lure you into providing personal and financial information on the Internet.


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