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The illegal practice of attempting to steal an identity by setting up a website and encouraging people to input credit card or other personal information. Phishing often purports to present a legitimate web business and asks the "customer" to give personal information in order to receive fictitious products. Alternatively, phishing may involve a criminal sending out e-mail purporting to be from a bank or credit card company asking for information as part of an "urgent" request. Phishers then steal the identity directly or sell to another party for illegal purposes.
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Phishing is one way that identity thieves use the Internet to retrieve your personal information, such as passwords and account numbers.

The thieves' techniques include sending hoax emails claiming to originate from legitimate businesses and establishing phony websites designed to capture your personal information.

For example, you may receive an urgent email claiming to come from your bank and directing you to a website where you're asked to update or verify your account number or password. By responding you give identity thieves an opportunity to steal your confidential information.

Phishing is difficult to detect because the fraudulent emails and websites are often indistinguishable from legitimate ones and the perpetrators change identities regularly.

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Spear fishing was a skill he mastered among the freshwater lakes growing up in Kenya - even if he was once chased up the riverbank by a hippopotamus.
Spear fishing was a skill he mastered growing up near the lakes in Kenya - even if his hobby led to him contracting the deadly, parasiteborne bilharzia disease.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game population abundance estimates in 2008 (Wuttig, 2009) and model simuladon results of spear fishing harvest impacts on humpback whitefish and least cisco abundance (Edenfield, 2009) suggest that an annual allowable harvest of 2000 whitefish is currently sustainable in the Chatanika River.
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