Phishing is the act of tricking people into giving out private information which can then be used to commit fraud. It often involves the setting up of a fake website pretending to be a legitimate company such as a bank or shop.
Phishers then send out spam mails that direct users to the fake site, where users are asked to update their username, password or enter financial information.
One of the most common scams is a fake email pretending to be from your bank. It might ask you to log in and update your details, or perform an important security check.
The link in the email will take you to a site that looks almost identical to the real website of your bank, with the same banners, and the same login screen. Unfortunately, entering your details here will play right into the hands of the thieves.
Find out more here: What exactly is identity theft and how can you protect yourself?
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