Different Types of Email Phishing
Simply put, email phishing is a trap that has been set to catch the receiver unawares and get access for the sender to your financial information. Most of these type of email scams are easy to recognize but every day the scammers get more and more sophisticated with the emails they send out.
by Sandra Wilson
Simply put, email phishing is a trap that has been set to catch the receiver unawares and get access for the sender to your financial information. Most of these type of email scams are easy to recognize but every day the scammers get more and more sophisticated with the emails they send out. These phishing emails, therefore, can become harder to recognize as time goes on.
Most email phishing is seen as the attempt of an individual to gain your account numbers or other personal information. This information can then be used to complete a transaction which includes them removing money from your account or stealing your identity.
Such emails include the ones in which a foreign individual wishes to transfer money into a state side account so that he may remove such money at a later date. This includes the giving of your account information, having a small amount of money placed into the account, and then a large amount of money withdrawn. It is unfortunate that many people do fall for this simple email phishing technique.
There is another type of phishing email that is even harder to catch. It is an official looking email from your bank or credit card company or some other financial company. It requests that you update or modify your personal information at their site and provides you with a link to go there. Since it looks very official, many people click the link, go to the site and enter their login and password. After all, it looks just like your bank's site. This is what can make these scamming emails so much harder to detect. Everything looks like it should. However, you should be aware that most financial companies will not ask you to update your information this way.
One of the most important things that one can do to help prevent email phishing is to report each and every email that one gets that appears suspicious. It is far better to be too safe with your identity and finances than not safe enough.
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