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March 5, 2013 Articles

Phishing Scams – How to recognize it!

phishing3We’ve been getting lots of emails attempting to steal usernames and passwords.  These emails are referred to as “phishing emails.”

What is phishing? Phishing is the act of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Communications purporting to be from popular social web sites, auction sites, online payment processors or IT administrators are commonly used to lure the unsuspecting public. Phishing emails may contain links to websites that are infected with malware.[1] Phishing is typically carried out by e-mail spoofing[2] or instant messaging,[3] and it often directs users to enter details at a fake website whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one. Phishing is an example of social engineering techniques used to deceive users,[4] and exploits the poor usability of current web security technologies.[5] Attempts to deal with the growing number of reported phishing incidents include legislation, user training, public awareness, and technical security measures.  [SOURCE:]

What to look out for.
1) We will NEVER ask for your password via email.
2) We will NEVER send you a link to a form asking for your email and password.
3) If the link goes to an external site, be suspicious!
4) If it looks and sounds suspicious, SUSPECT!
5) Finally, NEVER give your username and password to anyone.  If your account doesn’t work, we would ask you to reset it.

Some examples of phishing emails: