What it is

  • “Phishing” is simply a play on the word “fishing.”
  • Phishing has been around since 1996 but is becoming much more common and more sophisticated.
  • This form of cyber crime is growing faster than the ability of the police or courts to deal with it.

How it works

  • “Phishers” drop enticing email lures into the sea of internet users, hoping to hook your
    • passwords
    • credit card numbers
    • bank account numbers
    • other personal information.
  • Then they use what you give them to commit fraud in your name;
    e.g., empty your checking and savings accounts, steal your identity.

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