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