Phishing is an illegal activity working with social engineering approaches. Phishers make an effort to fraudulently obtain sensitive information, such as passwords, usernames or even credit card details, by masking as a trusted organization in an digital communication.
Perhaps you have noticed an email asking for to visit a recognizable website and ask you to update your sensitive information. I guarantee that, when you go online and check your email inbox, you have got at least one or two emails suggesting that you must verify your online banking information! Once you check out the website, it ask you to update or verify your passwords, social security number, credit card numbers, online payment processor sensitive details or even your bank account number.
You identify the business name is similar with the one that you have conducted business with previously. Then you click on “take me there” link in the email and continue to deliver all the sensitive information they have asked for. Regrettably, you realize later that the site is fake. It was developed with the goal to acquire your sensitive information. You are getting “phished”. The Phishers will then take advantage of this information to get access to your personal accounts, they will use forgotten password method to exploit them.
E-mails are getting more common for phising activity. In order to avoid this fraud, you can learn more from Infosecurity Magazine. Phishers use business or company logos and fake “reply-to” specific email addresses to look reliable. Don’t click on any suspicious link in an e-mail. They will lead you to a login page which seems reliable but actually records your details for thieves to use. You need to type manually in the URL of the web site if you want to visit it. And don’t forget that the leading online businesses will never request your sensitive details via e-mail. If you are still concerned with fraud, contact the company straight away to confirm the message you received.