New Words : phishing

12. phishing :

noun :

a scam by which an e-mail user is duped into revealing personal or confidential information which the scammer can use illicitly

Related Forms :

phish : verb

phisher : noun

Phishing is the term coined by hackers who imitate legitimate companies in e-mails to entice people to share passwords or credit-card numbers.

Tips on how to avoid the Internet scam known as phishing :

If you receive an unexpected e-mail saying your account will be shut down unless you confirm your billing information, do not reply or click any links in the e-mail body.

Before submitting financial information through a Web site, look for the "lock" icon on the browser's status bar. It means your information is secure during transmission.

If you are uncertain about the information, contact the company through an address or telephone number you know to be genuine.

If you unknowingly supplied personal or financial information, contact your bank and credit card company immediately.

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