Yes, Phishing with a “P”. A noun for most is not familiar with or maybe for some have already encounter with them. According to http://dictionary.reference.com the word origin: to try to obtain financial or other confidential information from Internet users, typically by sending an email that looks as if it is from a legitimate organization, usually a financial institution, but contains a link to a fake website that replicates the real one. As to the above definition – For those who have not encounter with these types of emails and usually it goes straight to your junk emails from an unacquainted person requesting confidential information and explaining their desperate situation.
BEWARE!! These emails come in all of the time in various forms. First red flag to look for is the sender’s email address, you never or interact with this person ever! And explaining their story and it seems she or he knows you in some form of past life. Bunch of BS! We all know this is a recipe for scam and for those who went down that rabbit hole can cause a major destruction and frustration. I hope most of you can spot a phishing scam a mile away and without hesitation, DELETE! DELETE! The 2nd red flag is the message that is way out of line and does not make any sense using the choice of vocabulary and showing desperation.
What really irks me the most is this type of phishing scam email from a bank that looks very authentic and the examples might come like this:
Due to concerns, for the safety and integrity of your bank
account we have issued this warning message.
It has come to our attention that your Bank account information needs to be
updated as part of our continuing commitment to protect your account in this year 2009 and to
reduce the instance of fraud on banking websites. If you could please take 5-10 minutes
out of your online experience and update your personal records you will not run into
any future problems with the online service.
Once you have updated your account records your bank account
service will not be interrupted and will continue as normal.
To update your Bank records
Please Click Here
Accounts Management As outlined in our User Agreement, Your Bank will
periodically send you information about site changes and enhancements.
First, step is to recognize who and where it’s coming from and 2nd if you do not do banking with this bank or any type of association immediately delete it! Then remove it from the trash bin. Please, DO NOT “Please Click Here” – EVER! Always remember this word of thought. No reputable business would send you an email or a phone call requesting your personal account. Think about it folks, if this is a company or bank you do business with. Wouldn’t they have your information already? Come on now! Any such email message you receive asking for this type of information should be considered a big deceptive and brought to the attention of the business being ‘phished’.
PINTEREST has this awesome diagram on cyber threats trends in phishing and spear phishing. I would like to share with you and provide a URL link known as theguardian. Take a look at the diagram from top to bottom very interesting and informative. I want to hear what you take on this and also read through the article @ theguardian http://goo.gl/IOx2cN by Diana Real. Always be aware and make a decisive decision when it comes to phishing emails. I hope this will shed some light into the world of phishing and do not get caught up. Good luck and be successful.