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Don’t Get Reeled In by Phishers

Watch out the next time your bank, eBay, or PayPal sends you an email asking for account information; it might be a scammer on a " phishing” expedition that will send you to a web site to steal your account information. Here’s what you can do to make sure you don’t become the catch of the day.

Of all the obnoxious scams circulating on the Internet, the worst might be phishing attacks, in which you’re sent a spoofed email that appears to be from a bank, eBay, PayPal, or other financial institution. Often, the email address appears to be a valid email address, and the email includes the institution’s logo and looks exactly like any other email you might get from it. Many of the links in the email will lead to the real site as well.


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