Phishing News

Keep up with the latest in phishing news

Chances are you're familiar with phishing. Phishing is all about email scams: schemes to get money and personal information from unsuspecting strangers. The problem is that even if you think you know how to stop phishing, you're probably not caught up on the very latest phishing examples.

Identity thieves are a tricky lot, and keeping ahead of them means keeping up with identity theft news. It's not enough to install antivirus software and forget about it: you need to know what's going on in the phishing world.

Newest phishing examples

If it's been a while since you've thought about phishing, here are some of the newest and most common phishing schemes.

1. The Nigerian Scam: Hard to believe this thing is still going around, isn't it? But with a few alterations, it's still sucking in money from unsuspecting innocents. By now you probably know the drill -- someone you've never heard of in a far off country needs your help collecting their rightful inheritance, and you get to keep a portion. Obviously, all you get is lost money -- or the privilege of committing a felony.

2. Work at Home Scams: Always wanted to be a secret shopper or have a job from your house? New phishing emails prey on that desire, promising you an easy job that will make you a fortune with almost no effort. If only, right? Actually, these scams often require you to submit personal information or pay money for training materials. Either way, you'll lose in the long run.

3. Lottery or Wire Transfer Emails: You've won! You have a wire transfer waiting! Either way, it's free money. All you have to do is email some personal information -- and right away, your stop phishing sense is tingling. It should be. Don't fall for these tricks.

4. Please Help Emails: A family member or friend you didn't even realize was out of town is in dire straits and needs money at once. Of course you want to help -- but if you take the time to check, you'll probably learn the person who supposedly sent the email doesn't know what you're talking about.

5. Respond to This Email or Else: Oh no -- your bank account, Paypal account, Ebay account -- what have you -- is about to close. Fortunately, you can stop it if you log into your page using the helpful link in this email. Of course, if you fall for it, this phishing scheme will actually steal your password and login information, giving the thief access to your account and personal information.

Some of these are old scams, some new. But if you want to prevent phishing, you have to be familiar with these five common schemes and their variations. Spotting those phishing examples is a great way to stop phishing altogether.

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