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Quick facts for phishing-
Don’t answer to any emails asking for financial or confidential information.
Use anti-virus/ anti-spyware protection when going on internet & sites.
Look over bank statements regularly.
Be cautious opening and closing files.
Forward your phishing emails to spam@uce.gov.
OnGaurd Online facts.
You can report phishing to officers by sending email to phishing-report@us-cert.gov (Note: Please remember the people who manage the email do not like FAKE reports, and they WILL take action)

Spear phishing – Spear phishing is a more complex phishing, it targets a certain type of people. If you were working with other people or people that go to your college they’d try to target everybody in that college. You’re going to think its legitimate information, and if you ask your friend to look at it he will get it too. It's a win/win situation for the people who are phishing for YOUR information.
How spear phishing works – the hackers send an email or pop-up saying you’re bank account is in jeopardy and to verify your account and username, you’ll accidentally follow a link and then verify your password and username on a fake link.
What happens if the hackers get your identity – once the hackers have your information they’ll use your credit cards, your bank account and make a new identity from yours.
How to avoid becoming a phishing victim –
1. Bank officials don’t ask for your private identity through email they’ll either call you or ask you to come to the bank and verify everything.
2. There are phishing filters out for you to download.
3. Never follow a link to a secure site from email always type in the websites name on the URL tab.
4. Don’t be fooled, try to keep up with the latest scams and how to avoid them.
5. Phishing can also happen with iPods and other things that connect to the web.
6. Phishing happens over the phone too, so be prepared.

Phishing can happen to anyone, just remember to protect your passwords! Sometimes even if you do protect your passwords there is information about you on your "personal sites" (meaning Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, and much much more.)


Thanks for reading!
From all of us here.

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"15 Phishing Scams to Watch Out For." switched.com. March 5, 2010. October 20, 2010. <http://www.switched.com/2009/03/05/15-phishing-scams-to-watch-out-for/ >
"Spear Phishers." FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation. n.d. October 14, 2010. <http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2009/april/spearphishing_040109/?searchterm=phishing>