Friday, December 15, 2006

[TIPS] Rock Phish busy phishing

I've never heard of this name before, but I HAVE heard of phishing attacks. That's when an unsolicited email (spam) tries to trick you into clicking on a link in the email to repair your damaged eBay or PayPal or Amazon account. If you DO click the link in the email the site may look very official, but when you type in your credit card number ... well, they've just landed a big phish - a sucker. :-)
With all of the internet shopping going on this time of the year it's wise to be aware of these scams. Here's a link to help. You can report phishing emails here, too. Both Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2 have some built-in anti-phishing protection, but they're not foolproof.
How profitable is this? According to THIS article the amount is nearly $3 BILLION last year (period ending Aug '06).
Let's be careful out there.

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