Phishing for Your Identity

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Who hasn’t received an email directing them to visit a familiar website where they are being asked to update their personal information? 

Phishing (pronounced as “fishing”) is defined as the act of sending an email to a recipient falsely claiming to have an established, legitimate business.  The intent of the phisher is to scam the recipient into surrendering their private information, and ultimately steal your identity.

It is not as easy as you think to spot an email phishing for information.  At first glance, the email may look like it is from a legitimate company. The “From” field of the e-mail may have the .com address of the company mentioned in the e-mail.  The clickable link even appears to take you to the company’s website, when in fact, it is a fake website built to replicate the legitimate site.

One of the common ploys they use is the scare factor, by adding such phrases as “You need to verify your account information or your account will be suspended” or a slight variation “Failure to respond within 48 hours will cause your account to be closed”

Please Never panic and click the link that is always provided, read the email again carefully and if it’s from the actual site, it will address you by name or user name, phishing mail will NOT as these are sent in bulk and therefore they use generic terms such as “Dear customer”

A great way to check the legitimacy of the link is to point at the link with your mouse. Then, look in the bottom left hand screen of your computer.  The actual website address to which you are being directed will show up for you to view.  It is a very quick and easy way to check if you are being directed to a legitimate site.

Never, ever, click the links within the text of the e-mail, and always delete the e-mail immediately. Once you have deleted the e-mail, empty the trash box in your e-mail accounts as well.

Should you be concerned that one of your bank account, rather than Clicking that link

Type the full URL address of the actual website into your browser as you would normally, in this way you can be certain that you are, in fact that you are on the legitimate website.

By G.S.Commander owner of  www.watchlistenprofit.com

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