Phishing pushes e-crime further upstream
Internet crime often starts with phishing, the practice of duping a user into revealing bank account or log-in credentials via a fraudulent Web site.
Phishers send out reams of e-mail bait that say users' account information has expired or needs updating. The e-mail includes links to a site that may look very similar to their bank Web site, but isn't. Once those credentials are obtained, criminals use the information in a variety of creative and costly scams.
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