What is phishing? Phishing is a method of getting personal and financial information through fraudulent means. A phishing scam involves sending spam or pop-up messages to lure credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, passwords, or other sensitive information from Internet users.
Phishing scams can be very elaborate. Emails and pop-ups asking you for information may look authentic and direct you to web sites that appear to be real company sites.
To protect yourself from phishing scams:
- Never provide personal information as a result of an email or pop-up.
- Don't send personal or financial information by e-mail.
- Remember that reputable businesses never ask for personal information via email or pop-ups.
- Forward phishing spam or suspicious emails to the company or organization being impersonated.
See Also: I received an email asking me to update my credit card information.