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How to Avoid a Phising scam

Written By: Joel Teo

Many scam artists on the internet today are getting more and more unscrupulous and this article will how you can avoid losing your money to these people who live off ill gotten gains.

Other names for phishing include spoofing and carding. In all these transactions, these scam artists attempt to gain access to your sensitive credit card information and then proceed to take your money.

A typical phising artist would set up a website that looks a lot like the real website and then purchase a list of leads and email those leads. We shall take each of these elements in turn.

The website

Most phising websites have domains that sound like the real one and these scammers purchase templates that are modified from the real website. Such websites are frequently shut down and then these scammers start a new website with a new domain and then go on their spree. These websites are usually situated in Eastern Europe or Russia so enforcement against such scammers is quite hard and almost impossible in certain cases.

The emails

There are several things you need to know about these phising emails. The first is that many large mailing programs today can spoof emails so I can send an email to someone else and put whatever email address I want it to appear to be coming from. The second is that these emails usually use html, this is because they can embed the click link so that you do not realise that you are being directed to the scammer’s own website as opposed to the correct website. Remember, most banks and online payment processors like Paypal never ask you for your password and signup ID via email as they already have it.

The email copy

The old emails used to say that someone has broken into your account and so they need your login ID and your password to check. Just today I received one email that claimed that the number of phising emails was on the rise and asked for my password and ID. Always remember never to give anyone your IDs or passwords as this is a recipe for fraud and disaster on your bank account.

In conclusion, never divulge your sensitive banking or payment processor details online due to reading phising emails. A better thing to do is to forward such scammers to the company involved so that they can take legal action to shut the website down and track the scammers.
About the Author

Joel Teo is the owner of the Money Making Directory which boasts of money making tips, recommendations and resources to help ordinary people make money online. Signup for his free newsletter today at http://www.MakeThousandsToday.info and receive his complimentary “7 Insider Secrets to making money online” Course.

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