Go phish: Don't do it, or you'll have been scammed
According to a June 2004 article, "National Phishing Attack Launched," published in the newsletter of the Better Business Bureau, Internet scams designed to gain access to personal information for the purpose of identity theft are on the rise.
The Anti-Phishing Working Group, a consumer advocate organization, cited that from March to April 2003, this type of scam grew 180 percent.
One of the ways in which this is happening is through unsolicited e-mails from official looking Web sites posing as legitimate businesses, asking users to update their personal files.
The term used by Internet hackers is "phishing," a means of gaining consumer confidence by appearing to be an official Web site, while requesting personal information such as logins, passwords or credit card information.
By John Cartledge at Advertiser Tribune.
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