When You Can't Tell The Phishing Emails From The Legit Ones, Just Ignore Them All

from the smart-security dept

Phishing is a common way for criminals to try and steal people's passwords or other personal information, and it depends on phishers crafting emails and fake sites that look enough like the real thing that people will willingly surrender their information. Banks and authorities are obviously aware of phishing, but that doesn't stop them from undermining their online security efforts, as well as their online products, by sending out legit emails that look like phishing attempts. The latest instance sees some British cybercrime police attempting to notify more than 2,000 people in the country that their personal information, including credit card numbers had been stolen. They get an A for effort, but an F for execution, since they're letting people know by sending them an email, and asking them to get in touch -- which plenty of people aren't doing, because it sounds an awful lot like a phishing scam. The rise of phishing has made consumers loathe to trust anyone they don't know from whom they receive emails asking for contact or personal information -- and rightly so. But if banks and authorities are going to tell people that's the right thing to do, they shouldn't be at all surprised when their emails go ignored as well.

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    kforce, 11 Oct 2006 @ 12:54pm

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    No one should submit private info through email; for example I had the email of kforce@aol.com for a long time and I would constantly get emails from people thinking that I am Kforce.com, the recruiting site. I had one lady email me her social security number and out of common courtesy I replied back to her and told her she should not send her private info through email because it is not secure. She replied back with a nasty email and told me I shouldn't read email that wasn't intended for me and told me that she would report me because SHE sent her social security number to me. She was lucky I didn't go out and opened up credit cards in her name. Moral of the story: don't send anything private through email, do it over the phone - slightly safer, and don't get pissed off when someone tries to help keep your info safe.

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