17.9 (Phishing Scanner) Phishing is a form of identity theft in which, in an e-mail, a sender posing as a trustworthy source attempts to acquire private information, such as your user names, passwords, credit-card numbers and social security number. Phishing e-mails claiming to be from popular banks, credit-card companies, auction sites, social networks and online payment services may look quite legitimate. These fraudulent messages often provide links to spoofed (fake) websites where you’re asked to enter sensitive information.
Visit sites like Security Extra (
www.snopes.com and other websites to find lists of the top phishing scams. Also check out the Anti-Phishing Working Group (