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The Anatomy Of Phishing

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Fishing with an F is a way to catch Fish, using bait like worms, which is FUN. Phishing with a PH isn’t fun. It’s scary internet stuff -A way for bad people to catch your private details, like your bank account details, your credit card information or passwords. And the bait they use is LIES.

Here’s how phishing works which is something you’ve probably seen already. You receive an email which looks like to come from someone you trust. Your bank! But, it’s NOT.

It looks real, but is designed to fool you into handing over your important information.

Here are the few ways they can fool you into falling for their bait. They’ll either scare you that your account will be closed unless you update it with your information, or mislead you that your account has been accessed illegally and you need to verify your information. They can also deceive you by sending you new bank offers so that you check the fake brochure or policy link in the email. You click on the link and it takes you to a page that looks so much like a legit bank website. Trapped by their bait, you thrust your information they ask you for and you are CAUGHT in their LIES.

Most of you have got to do business online. You buy and sell things, so you have accounts with sensitive information. The risk of doing business online is low as long as you deal directly with organization huge trust.  Problem occurs when these bad internet guys impersonate these trustworthy organizations and fool you into handing your confidential information to them.

The key to avoiding these scams is awareness as well as to stop the urge to click on everything you see and get over internet.

Always remember, your bank account will never ask you to confirm your details via an email. NEVER!  This is the most obvious way to spot a phishing attempt. Hence, if you receive an email like this, here is the key: DON’T CLICK IT!

Next, when banks send emails to their customers, they address them with their names. Therefore, when you receive an email that looks allegedly sent from your trusted banking service, look for your name!  If it says something like ‘Dear Valued Customer’, it’s not real- DON’T CLICK IT.

The last most obvious way to point out a phishing trick is to look for ‘SPELING MISTACKS’. A legit bank or any other online financial service will never leave a single spelling mistake in the text of their emails to their valued customers, nor will they send an unprofessional email to them. Simple as it looks, spot an email with spelling mistakes or lacking professionalism and never fall for it.

Remember, phishing email can use exact logos, phone numbers and addresses that appear on your bills. You need to be extra vigilant in spotting the difference between the REAL one and the FAKE one.

Always be suspicious for emails that ask for your information. Because, that’s the only way you can keep your information and money from being stolen and spent wrongfully.

Don’t be scared of these phishing emails as long as you keep your mouse pointer away from clicking on the bait they provide you with. Just delete the emails or report them to reportphishing@antiphishing.org or spam@uce.gov

Stay Safe!

About Mohammad Irfan Ali

Mohammad Irfan Ali
Mohammad Irfan is the Lead Content Strategist at NewSoftwares. His main interest is in web related threats, phishing scams and social networking hoaxes. He is the admin of Talk Security and regulates the publication of all blogposts.

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