Avoid becoming a victim of phishing scams

Waht is phishing?

Phishing is a particularly popular scam in which a party creates an official looking web page that asks you to enter your personal information such as your email address and password, bank account number, PIN number, credit card number or other personal details.

In many cases, you'll receive a link to this phishing page via an email which claims to come from an official-looking (but probably forged) address.

Tips and recommendations to avoid becoming a victim of phishing scams.

For example, you received an email from paypal or your bank in regards to an upsetting or exciting statements in their emails to get  you to click on a link to visit the site.  Well if the email is genuine and it is from paypal or your bank, they would know your name, so the email should be address to  you, such as "Dear Mr. John Smith", instead of "Dear Member".

The second tip is to check the page's URL (web address) to make sure it's actually controlled by the party it appears to be controlled by. The crucial part of the URL that determines site ownership is the part between the http:// and the next slash ('/'). For instance, http://www.paypal.com/au and https://www.paypal.com/au/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_security-center-outside are all part of the paypal site. However, https://www.paypal.com.phishing-website.com/login.html, is NOT!

The other way to avoid becoming a victim of Phishing scams is DO NOT use the links in an email to get to any web page, instead log onto the website directly by typing in the Web address in your browser.

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