Sunday, October 3, 2010

Phishing emails

Phishing emails are the most widespread Internet and email scam today. It is the identity and password theft based on convincing emails and web pages. These emails resemble valid credit authorities like Citibank, eBay, or PayPal. They frighten you into visiting a phony web page and make you to enter your ID and password. They will even suggest you a story of how your account has been attacked by hackers or scammers to entice you into entering your confidential information.

The email message will require you to click on a link, but instead of leading you to the real login https: site, they will to a fake website which is often very convincing looking. You then innocently enter your ID and password where your information is intercepted by the scammers, who later access your account and swindle you for several hundred dollars.

This phishing con depends on people believing the legality or their emails and web pages. Strictly the beginning of the link address should have https://, Phishing fakes or scams will just have http://, make a phone call to the financial institution to verify if the email is legit. Meanwhile, never click on the link in any doubtful email.

The following scheme may also work: You send someone money for instructions on where to go and what to download and install on your computer to turn it into a money-making machine for scammers.

You get a unique ID while signup and you have to give them your PayPal account information for the big money deposits you'll soon be receiving. The program that you are supposed to run opens multiple ad windows, repeatedly, thus generating per-click revenue for scammers.

In other state, your ID will be limited to a certain number of page clicks per day. To make any money whatsoever from this scheme, you are pretty much forced to scam the scammers by hiding your real IP address with Internet proxy services such as "find not", so that you can make more page clicks. It’s a true calamity if you get conned into this scam.

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