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Learn about Internet fraud: phishing

04 June 2012

Phishing is a technique used by fraudsters to obtain sensitive information such as passwords, Internet logons or credit card details by sending an email or message pretending to be a trustworthy organisation (social networks, banks, public institutions, and so on).

Anatomy of a phishing scam:

  1. First you get an email from what you think is a trustworthy organisation, asking for personal information (passwords, bank account details, etc.).
  2. Using an excuse, they will ask for personal data or, more subtly, include a link redirecting you to a service web page.
  3. If you do not realise the page is a hoax and enter your data, they will be available to fraudsters.

How to avoid phishing

  1. Do not reply to emails asking for personal information.
  2. Before entering your username and password on a web page, check it is authentic.

See more information on the OSI website. (in Spanish)