Security: Phishing
Phishing Scams

What is Phishing?

Phishing is an identity-theft scam that uses "spoofed" or fake emails and web sites to trick people into giving out personal information, such as credit card numbers, usernames and passwords, or social security numbers. Phishing is usually done by hijacking the brand identity of a bank or an online store in a spoofed email that is sent to large numbers of people. The email will usually contain a link to a Web page designed to look just like a legitimate company's site. A phishing scam will use this page to capture any information that you provide, then sell or use the information for malicious purposes.

What steps can I take to avoid phishing scams?

I think I've been scammed. What should I do?

Additional Information about Phishing:

Phishing and Identify Theft
Video from Microsoft: What you should know about phishing identify-theft scams.

Anti-Phishing Working Group
Lists the latest phishing scams, information on protecting yourself, and what to do if you've been scammed.

Federal Trade Commission
An article by the FTC on how to not get taken by a phishing scam.

An informative article about phishing, with a list of additional links to more information.