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E-mail Scams Phising & Pharming

What is phishing? Definition :: [FISHING]

The act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft.

The e-mail directs the user to visit a Web site where they are asked to update personal information, such as passwords and credit card, social security, and bank account numbers, that the legitimate organization already has. The Web site, however, is bogus and set up only to steal the user’s information.

For example, 2003 saw the proliferation of a phishing scam in which users received e-mails supposedly from eBay claiming that the user’s account was about to be suspended unless he clicked on the provided link and updated the credit card information that the genuine eBay already had. Because it is relatively simple to make a Web site look like a legitimate organizations site by mimicking the HTML code, the scam counted on people being tricked into thinking they were actually being contacted by eBay and were subsequently going to eBay’s site to update their account information. By spamming large groups of people, the “phisher” counted on the e-mail being read by a percentage of people who actually had listed credit card numbers with eBay legitimately

Everyday we get hundreds of spam e-mail, some phishing and some trying to get me a better mortgage, cheaper medication and a free rolex watch?

Reserve the same skepticism for unsolicited email about Ebay as you do for "burn fat at night" diet pills or requests to help transfer funds from deposed dictators.

Examples of various phishing E-mail Scams

Abacha's Nigerian Phishing Scam

Bank of Nigeria Phishing Scam

Be Our Company Agent Phishing Scams

eBay Phishing Scams

International Lottery Phishing Scams

Jeffrey Rice Egyption Phishing Scams

Keybank Phishing Scam

Maxwell Information Phishing Scams

PayPal Phishing Scams

Request For Business Co-operation Phishing Scams

Thomas Michael Ivory Coast Phishing Scams

Wamu Phishing Scams

Williams Webber British Phishing Scams

If you have any email spam, scams, phishing attempts that you would like to share post them in the forum.

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