9 per cent of those who have heard of phishing scams
have been victims of one in the past.
To avoid phishing scams
, be suspicious of any email message that asks you to enter or verify personal information through a website or by replying to the message itself.
Most people are well aware of the ubiquitous e-mail phishing scams
involving European lottery wins or hilariously ungrammatical requests to transfer large sums of money to an American bank.
According to the company, computer users are so at ease giving out their personal data online that there is a risk of becoming complacent and falling for a phishing scam
, as these scams are getting more and more sophisticated and in some cases, harder to spot.
NordicRadio, a Norwegian Internet-based radio station, was reportedly closed down for a short time this week after an employee of the company allegedly set up a phishing scam
Urging people to beware of e-mails offering holiday deals that seem too good to be true, Henry adds that consumers should be on guard against a particularly nasty new phishing scam
this holiday season.
In a common type of phishing scam
, individuals receive e-mail messages that appear to come from their financial institution.
UK-based penetration testing and security company SecureTest has warned Internet users of a new phishing scam
that attempts to fraudulently obtain confidential information.
When a user tries to visit a site identified as a phishing scam
, the toolbar contacts EarthLink's servers to check the site is still considered an active scam.
Liberty Tax is alerting taxpayers about the latest online phishing scam
involving deceptive e-mails that appear to be sent from the IRS.
If you receive a suspect email: DO NOT click on any links in the scam email; DO NOT supply any personal information of any kind; DO NOT reply to the email or attempt to contact the senders; DO NOT supply any information on the bogus website that may appear in your browser if you have clicked a link in the email; DO NOT open any attachments that arrive with the email; REPORT the phishing scam
to your service provider and change your password immediately; DELETE the email from your computer as soon as possible.
The Bank of Israel has issued a warning on a phishing scam