U.S. hit by rise in 'phishing' attacks

Friday, 7 May 2004, 1:07 AM EST

Projecting from the results of the survey of 5,000 wired adults, research firm Gartner suggests that 57 million consumers in the United States definitely received or suspect they received a phishing e-mail.

The scam attempts to trick people by sending messages that direct them to legitimate-looking Web sites pretending to be that of a trusted service provider, financial institution or online merchant, where they are asked to hand over personal or financial information.

By Dawn Kawamoto at CNET.

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