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What is Phishing?

Viruses, Spyware / Malware and Pop-Ups, and Phishing

Phishing (fishing) (n.) The act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft. The e-mail directs the user to visit a Web site where they are asked to update personal information, such as passwords and credit card, social security, and bank account numbers, that the legitimate organization already has. The Web site, however, is bogus and set up only to steal the user's information. These emails can be masked to look as if they were sent from your bank or credit card company. Keep in mind they would NEVER conduct business like this through email. It's just NOT SAFE!

Phishing, also referred to as brand spoofing or carding, is a variation on "fishing," the idea being that bait is thrown out with the hopes that while most will ignore the bait, some will be tempted into biting.Don't get hooked! Check this out! Feel free to print it out and post it in your area.

LIS will NEVER send you an e-mail asking for usernames and passwords. If you are ever concerned about an e-mail you receive, please contact LIS Tech Support at extension 3900 or forward the email to cgpro_admins@wheatonma.edu.

Here is an example of a PHISHING email

If you receive an email like this Please DO NOT reply

Subject: PERIODIC UPGRADE
From: "Wheaton College GMAIL UPGRADE"
Reply-To: gmailupgradeteam008 @ uymail.com
User-Agent: SquirrelMail/1.4.9a
X-Priority: 3 (Normal)
Importance: Normal
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

Dear Wheaton College User,

This Email is from Wheaton College user Customer Care and we are sending it to every gmail User Accounts Owner for safety. we are having congestions due to the anonymous registration of accounts so we are shutting down some accounts and your account was among those to be deleted.

We are sending you this email to you so that you can verify and let us know if you still want to use this account. If you are still interested please confirm your account by filling the space below. Your Username, password, date of bith and your country information would be needed to verify your account.

Due to the congestion in all gmail users and removal of all unused Accounts, Gmail would be shutting down all unused Accounts, You will have to confirm your E-mail by filling out your by filling the space below. Your User name, password, date of bith and your country information would be needed to verify your account.

You will have to confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons. You are to send the following information for verification

* Username: ............................
* Password: ............................
* Date of Birth: .......................
* Country Or Territory: ................

Your response should be sent to admin manager
Email:gmaillupgradeteam008 @ uymail.com

Waiting to received the details of your two email.

Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

Regard,
Customer Care Of Wheaton College

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