What is phishing?
Phishing is a type of deception
designed to steal your identity. In a phishing scam, a malicious person
tries to get information like credit card numbers, passwords, account
information, or other personal information from you by convincing you
to give it to them under false pretenses. Phishing schemes usually come
via spam e-mail or pop-up windows.
How does phishing work?
A phishing scam begins with a
malicious user who sends out millions of fraudulent e-mail messages
that appear to come from popular Web sites or from sites that you
trust, like your bank or credit card company. The e-mail messages, and
the Web sites they often send you to, look official enough that they
deceive many people into believing that they're legitimate. Believing
that these e-mails are legitimate, unsuspecting people too often
respond to the e-mail's requests for their credit card numbers,
passwords, account information, or other personal information.
scam artist might put a link in a fake e-mail that appears to go to the
legitimate Web site, but actually takes you to a scam site or even a
pop-up window that looks exactly like the official site. These copies
are often called spoofed Web sites. Once you're at one of these
spoofed sites you might unwittingly enter even more personal
information that will be transmitted directly to the person who created
the spoofed site. That person can then use this information to purchase
goods, apply for a new credit card, or steal your identity.
Protect yourself from phishing
Never respond to requests for personal information.
Legitimate businesses will never ask for passwords, credit
card numbers, or other personal information per phone, online or per
This is an extract of a Microsoft
Publication e.g. Customers of the following
companies were affected by attempted frauds: