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Gone Phishin’?

Phishing vs. Pharming

  • Phishing consists of emails and links to Web sites that are designed to steal your money.
  • Phishers are also using SMS (texting) to gain access to your confidential information, often posing as financial institutions.
  • Pharming redirects the URL you type in to a fake/scam Web site that often looks similar or identical to a real Web site.
  • Phishing tricks you into clicking on a link to a scam, while Pharming automatically redirects you to a scam Web site.

Ways to protect your information

  • Be careful reading your emails. Phishing emails usually have spelling errors, threats of closing your account, and often use popular company names to make them seem legitimate.
  • Be aware that scammers tend to take advantage of time periods such as holidays and global events.
  • By hovering your cursor over a suspicious link, you can determine whether the link address matches the one that was typed in the email.
  • Make sure Web site addresses spell out the company’s name correctly.
  • Scam Web sites may ask you for more personal information than is customary on the original, legitimate Web site.
  • Always make sure the Web site is authentic by confirming “https:” at the beginning of the address, a locked padlock icon, or an unbroken key icon.
  • Keep your antivirus, antispyware and firewall software up to date.

Unsolicited e-mail offers or spam can be forwarded to the Federal Trade Commission at spam@uce.gov