How Not to Get Hooked by a Phishing Scam
By MortazaviBlog on Aug 18, 2005
From a letter sent by The Wall Street Journal to its online subscribers:
Phishing, simply, is a scam in which fraudsters "fish" for personal information by pretending to be a legitimate company. Typically, a phisher sends an email or pop-up message that appears to be from a company or brand that you trust, such as a bank or credit card issuer, or even Dow Jones or The Wall Street Journal, in an attempt to obtain sensitive information from you. A phish attempt often threatens that your account is in jeopardy and asks you to validate, confirm or update information, such as your subscriber or credit card information. Phishers usually disguise the "from" address of their emails and present you with links to Web sites that appear to be legitimate, but when you reply to that email or click on those links, you are directed to the phisher.