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Phishing and Scams

Phishing is an activity utilizing a computer or a mobile device to illicitly access or attack information and services used by citizens, business and the government. Phishing sends out fake emails, or spam, written to appear as if they have been sent by a genuine organization.  Their intent is to trick the recipient into revealing sensitive and confidential information such as usernames, passwords, account credentials, personal identifying numbers (PIN) or credit card details.

Phishing attacks frequently contain malicious code that infects the integrity of the computer and compromises the computer user’s data. Social engineering is a term that is often used to describe techniques that trick people in online frauds and scams.

  • Learn about social engineering techniques that are used to trick victims into clicking links or revealing their personal information.
  • Learn about phishing and spear-phishing attacks and the deceptive tactics employed to convince recipients into acting on links or visiting compromised websites.
  • Learn what to do if computer is infected or hijacked by scammers.
  • Learn how to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of identity theft and learn strategic steps to take if you are.
  • Learn techniques that help to significantly reduce the amount of spam you receive.
  • Learn to recognize fraudsters that operate advance fee, 4-1-9 and confidence type scams that attempt to steal personal and financial information.
A common bank phishing scam.
Common email scam using a masked email address.
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