• “Phishing” is simply a play on the word “fishing.”
  • “Phishers” drop email lures into the sea of Internet users, hoping to hook your passwords, credit card or bank account numbers, or other personal information.
  • Then they use it to commit fraud in your name; e.g., empty your checking and savings accounts, steal your identity.
  • 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.

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