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How to be safe from 'phishing'?

Asked by INDU, 24 Dec '10 08:54 am
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Basically 'phishing' is a criminal act, where phisher will try to obtain your user name, password, your personal details, financial details posing you as trustworthy entity. Most of the time their target are online banks, merchants selling goods online, for these online companies, they will fraudulently get sensitive information from internet users. The practice of 'phishing' occurs when scammers falsely claim to be a legitimate business and direct victims to a Web site where they can 'update' their private information including Social Security number. That information is then stolen by the criminal and used to open credit card accounts and make other financial transactions in the victim's name. Their method varies from e-mail spam to phone call to get these details. The best way in which to deal with phishing you will need to take some precautions in order to protect yourself. For instance, you will not want to give out your personal information unless you are absolutely certain that ...more
Answered by sumati gayki, 24 Dec '10 09:01 am

 
  
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Phishing has become a global phenomenon, with international gangs launching attacks in multiple countries. As such, law authorities have begun to take phishing threats seriously, with investigations taking place.
How to be safe: Here are some tips
1. Avoid unknown Web sites and be suspicious of e-mail messages from any company asking for personal or financial information such as user names and passwords, credit card numbers, and other sensitive personal information.
2. Never follow a link in an e-mail if you suspect the message might not be genuine. Instead, go directly to the valid company's site then log on from there or call the company directly.
3. If you want to find your Online bank, always type its URL into your browser.
4. Ensure that any Web site visited is secure when submitting sensitive information such as credit card numbers. Look for the padlock icon in the browser's toolbar, which signifies a secure site.
5. Do not open attachments in e-mails unless you are ab ...more
Source: Article on rediff published during 2006
Answered by Gosht Singh, 24 Dec '10 08:58 am

 
  
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Phishing is an attempt by fraudsters to 'fish' for your banking details.
Answered by Mrinalendra Banerjee, 24 Dec '10 08:58 am

 
  
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