Learn about Internet fraud: phishing04 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:
- First you get an email from what you think is a trustworthy organisation, asking for personal information (passwords, bank account details, etc.).
- Using an excuse, they will ask for personal data or, more subtly, include a link redirecting you to a service web page.
- If you do not realise the page is a hoax and enter your data, they will be available to fraudsters.
How to avoid phishing
- Do not reply to emails asking for personal information.
- Before entering your username and password on a web page, check it is authentic.