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Phishing Attacks



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.

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