Answers about Internet Scams
What is Phishing?
Phishing is a term used for criminals' attempts to steal personal financial information through fraudulent emails and Websites designed to appear as though they were generated from legitimate businesses, financial institutions, and government agencies. These scams are contributing to a rise in identity theft, and credit card and other Internet-based frauds.
The goal of most phishing emails is to trick you into visiting a website in order to steal your information. Attackers will setup websites under their control that look and feel like legitimate websites. Often the phishing emails will have an immediate call to action that demand you to "update your account information" or "login to confirm ownership of your account". If you enter your personal information into these illegitimate websites you are actually providing your information directly to the attackers.