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What is phishing?

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Question: What is phishing?

Answer: Phishing is a form of Internet-based fraud in which attempts are made to acquire sensitive information, such as passwords and credit card details by posing as legitimate businesses such as banks or credit card companies.  The information is then used to commit identity theft or to make unauthorized transactions from your compromised accounts.

Fraudulent emails are the most common method used to lure users to phishing sites. A typical phishing email will lead you to a web site where sensitive information, such as your PIN number, is requested . Although the web site may very closely resemble a trusted site, it is operating under false pretense and attempting to defraud you.


Date Revised:
18-Jun-10

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