How About Identity Theft? Beware of This..

By: Christian Okoye

You rarely see somone on the net who has not come accross or received an email directing them to visit a familiar website where they are being asked to update their personal information? The website needs you to verify or update your passwords, credit card numbers, social security number, or even your bank account number etc. You accept the business name as one that you've conducted business with in the past.
So you happly and confidently click on " take me there"
link and proceed to provide all the information they have requested.

Unfortunately, you find out much later that the website is fake. It was created with the sole intent to steal your personal statistics.
It is not at easy as you think to spot an email phishing for information. At first , the email may look like it is from a legitimate company. The "From" field of the e-mail may have the address of the company mentioned in the e-mail. The clickable link even appears to take you to the company's website, when in fact, it is a fake website built to replicate the legitimate site.

What many victims do not know is that, these people are professional criminals. They have spent a lot of time in creating emails that look authentic. Users need to review all emails requesting personal information carefully. When reviewing your email remember that the "From Field" can be easily changed by the sender. While it may look like it is coming from a company or somebody you do business with, looks can be deceiving.

Also, keep in mind that the phisher will go all out in trying to make their email look as legitimate as possible. They will even copy logos or images from the official site in order to make it appears geniue

Finally, they also like to include a clickable link that the recipient can follow to conveniently update their information.
A great way to check the legitimacy of the link is to point at the link with your mouse. Then, look in the bottom left hand screen of your computer. The actual website address to which you are being directed will show up for you to view. It is a very quick and easy way to check if you are being directed to a legitimate site.

Follow the golden rule: do not ever click the links within the text of the e-mail, and always delete the e-mail immediately. Once you have deleted the e-mail, empty the trash box in your e-mail accounts as well. If you are truly concerned that you are missing an important notice regarding one of your accounts.Good and simple, then type the full URL address of the website into your browser. At least then you can be confident that you are, in fact, being directed to the true and legitimate site not bogus or fake website

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