In today's world, technology makes our lives easier. Unfortunately, it may also make it easier for thieves to steal your personal information. In fact, one of the most popular ways for thieves to obtain your information is over the internet. In minutes, a thief can purchase millions of email addresses for less than $10 and send phony "urgent" messages (called phishing) that lead to a "spoofed" (fake) website. Once on their site, they can scare you into revealing private information. New scams are detected daily, which is why there is now a website dedicated to informing you of current phishing scams: www.antiphishing.org. It's a great resource and should be used anytime you question an email sent to you.
Other ways you can protect yourself from internet theft:
Even with these precautions, it's smart to know some of the more common signs associated with actual phishing email messages and spoofed websites. Here's what to look for:
Basic Rules for receiving Phishing Emails:
By knowing what to look for and how to protect yourself, you can still enjoy all the benefits of shopping and handling your finances online without the worry of "hackers" and identity theft.