Phishing is a way of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, PIN,bank account, credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity details through electronic communication means like e-mail.
Phishing is typically carried out by e-mail spoofing or instant messaging and it often directs users to enter details at a fake website whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one. Phishing is an example of social engineering techniques used to deceive users.
How does a phishing email message look like? In detail ….
Spelling and bad grammar.
Links might also lead you to .exe files. These kinds of file are known to spread malicious software.
Sometimes you may receive a threat mail saying that your webmail account would be closed if you do not respond to an e-mail message. The e-mail message shown above is an example of the same trick. Cybercriminals often use techniques to make one believe that security has been compromised.
Spoofing popular websites or companies.
Scam artists use graphics in email that look identical to legitimate websites but actually take you to phony scam sites or legitimate looking pop-up windows.
Cybercriminals also use web addresses that resemble the names of well known companies but are slightly altered.
Cybercriminals might call you on the phone and offer to help solve your computer problems or sell you a software license .