Phishing

I have encountered this in the past, and I know to ignore it now, or my spam guard catches more of it. But I have seen it growing more and more. I do not want any of the people that I know to fall victims of this. I have seen some pretty good ones that look to the untrainned eye exactly like the actual website. I have seen Paypal, Ebay and yahoo mocked up in very convincing ways. So just please read this and take note. Concact me for any questions I would be glad to help.

Phishinga growing Internet scam technique that tricks a user, per an e-mail notice, to visit a seemingly legitimate website and input personal information. Information is then used for fraudulent purposes, such as identity theft.

Have you started to receive emails from various reputable institutions, asking you to visit a website that requests personal information, even if you don’t have an account or services with that institution that supposedly sent the e-mail? Familiar companies like Citibank, USBank, PayPal, Ebay, even credit card companies like VISA and Discover… I know Discover for sure got attacked not too long ago because I got a notification from them. If so, then you’ve met the Internet’s latest threat, called “phishing.”

The following tips can help you identify and avoid phishing scams:

• Never supply personal information via email request. If you get an email from a reputable organization that you believe may be fake, contact the organization using a telephone number you know to be genuine.

• Do not supply personal information on a website if the address does not start with “https:”. The “s” indicates a secure connection to the website, however this method is not foolproof as some con artists may have fake security certificates.

• Keep antivirus software current, and do not open attachments that you are not expecting. Some phishing emails contain viruses or software that is meant to track your Internet activities in secret.

If you feel you have been targeted by a phishing scam, you should:

1. Go to the legitimate site and change all your passwords. This should be done ASAP, if you make a mistake this does not correct it but at least might protect that account.

2.If you gave out a CC number, contact your CC company and report your card number stolen. It might not happen right away, but it is better to go through the hassle than to deal with identity tefth.

3. Report the scam email or the fraud resulting from one of these scams to the Federal Trade Commission.

3 Responses to Phishing

  1. well, this is a non technical comment… My mom was on the computer about to give her information out when… she realizes, she doesn’t have an account in the named bank!! Thankfully few days earlier I read a newspaper article about phishing and well, we rapidly close the ‘ficticious’ bank window… But it does get you ‘desprevenido’! **End of the non-technical comment**

  2. And don’t forget pharming, the scary cousin of phishing

    Wikipedia defines pharming as Pharming is the exploitation of a vulnerability in the DNS server software that allows a hacker to acquire the Domain Name for a site, and to redirect traffic to that website to another web site. DNS servers are the machines responsible for resolving internet names into their real addresses – the “signposts” of the internet.

    If the web site receiving the traffic is a fake web site, such as a copy of a bank’s website, it can be used to “phish” or steal a computer user’s passwords, PIN number or account number. Note that this is only possible when the original site was not SSL protected, or when the user is ignoring warnings about invalid server certificates.

    Rajesh Harbhajan
    Green Armor Solutions

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