Bob James Wrote:
> Received a good replication of a Bank of America
> alert that there was an attempt to access my
> account. I ALMOST bit [...]
for those who do not know...
Main Entry: phishing
Part of Speech: n
Definition: the practice of luring unsuspecting Internet users to a fake Web site by using authentic-looking email with the real organization's logo, in an attempt to steal passwords, financial or personal information, or introduce a virus attack; the creation of a Web site replica for fooling unsuspecting Internet users into submitting personal or financial information or passwords
Example: 1996; as in 'fish' for users
Etymology: phish, v; phisher, n
Webster's New Millennium™ Dictionary of English, Preview Edition (v 0.9.7)
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this type of phishing
scam is common. some advice... if you ever get a "you must act now!" email here is a list of ways to prevent getting scammed:
- NEVER click the link they provide, instead manually type in the name of the site and login to see if there is an issue.
- alternatively, you can go to phishtank.com and paste in the address of the link to see if it's a phishing site.
- i recommend you use the extension for firefox that checks with phishtank.com and will prevent you from loading such site. here is the extension.
note: if you dont use firefox for a web browser, i HIGHLY
recommend you use it instead of Internet Explorer. firefox is FAR more secure than Internet Explorer.
if you ignore my advice and you get ripped off, it's an ODF
"the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."