Summertime and phishing is easy

Most regular Internet users have by now learned how to avoid online fraudsters.

However, as consumers have grown more sophisticated, so have fraudsters. In a relatively new scam, individuals will pose as a company with which a consumer has a pre-existing relationship — like a bank, online auction site or Internet Service Provider — and send an e-mail requesting billing or financial information to avoid “termination” of the user’s account.

The e-mail will often direct the recipient to a Web site that looks nearly identical to the actual company’s Web site, where the victim will be asked to enter Social Security numbers, financial information or passwords. Full Story

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