Avoiding Phishing and Email Scams

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It could be said that Phishing and Email scams are something that every Internet user has to face at some point, probably almost on a daily basis. Over the last several years phishing and email scams have increased tremendously, promising to enrich the recipient with just a couple clicks and some personal information. Phishing always spikes with holiday shopping, celebrity scandals, weather disasters and big sporting events (Bond, 2011). Phishing scams generally use fear and expectations. It is almost unimaginable that there might be an Internet user with an email address that hasn’t received an email promising large sums of money from a Nigerian Prince. As mentioned in other sections of this project, the goal is have consumers enticed into revealing their personal identification and financial information on fraudulent websites, also known as spoofed websites (Brody, Mulig, Kimball, 2007). As time has gone on since these scams began appearing on the Internet, the scammers have become more sophisticated. Emails appear more legitimate, appearing to be from sources like the users bank, from the IRS and many other financial entities. In this section we are going to discuss the various ways to discover these scams and what steps should be taken to prevent falling victim to these scams.
In today’s world, many Internet users visit websites in which require the use of personal data, such as online banking sites, Paypal accounts, the Internal Revenue Service, Facebook accounts, as
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