Alerts - FTC Alert - Don't Get Hooked by Phishing

Date Entered: 12/14/2004

The Federal Trade Commission has posted a consumer alert - How Not To Get Hooked by a 'Phishing' Scam.

Excerpt From the FTC Site:

Internet scammers casting about for people?s financial information have a new way to lure unsuspecting victims: They go ?phishing.?

Phishing is a high-tech scam that uses spam or pop-up messages to deceive you into disclosing your credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security number, passwords, or other sensitive information.

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), phishers send an email or pop-up message that claims to be from a business or organization that you deal with ? for example, your Internet service provider (ISP), bank, online payment service, or even a government agency. The message usually says that you need to ?update? or ?validate? your account information. It might threaten some dire consequence if you don?t respond. The message directs you to a Web site that looks just like a legitimate organization?s site, but it isn?t. The purpose of the bogus site? To trick you into divulging your personal information so the operators can steal your identity and run up bills or commit crimes in your name.

To read more about Phishing and read the FTC tips to protect yourself from Phishing scams, please visit - http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/alerts/phishingalrt.htm