Don’t get caught on the line when scammers go phishing for victims. Phishing involves faking emails or web pages, making them look like they represent a genuine company or website in order to trick the user into giving up sensitive information, such as logins, passwords, Social Security Numbers and more.
You may have received phishing emails claiming to be from Amazon.com, eBay, PayPal, banks and other trusted companies. They may say that your account has been compromised or that you need to verify your information to avoid having your account suspended. A link in the email leads to a site that looks like the real site, but is actually a fake. You are asked to log in with your user ID and password, or update personal information.
With this information they can then access your real account. Also, because many people use the same log in and password on several sites, they may be able to get to other accounts by trying your info on other sites.
How can you spot a phishing email? Tell tale signs include: [Read more…]