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Every Internet site in the world is facing the growing issue of fraudulent usage of information, and we want to work with members around the world to stop this practice. Please keep reading to learn more about the warning signs and what you can do.
Spam email is such a common occurrence today that you may think you know what to look for. But there are two types of email scams – what's known as 'phishing' and 'spoofing' – that can be more difficult to identify. Both practices concern fraudulent email where the 'from address' has been forged to make it appear as if it came from somewhere, or someone, other than the actual source. Below are the warning signs to look for:
What's 'phishing' all about - and how do I spot it?
Phishing emails are used to fraudulently obtain personal identification and account information. They can also be used to lure the recipient into downloading malicious software. The message will often suggest there are issues with the recipient's account that requires immediate attention. A link will also be provided to a spoof website where the recipient will be asked to provide personal/account information or download malicious software. Monster will never ask you to download software in order to access your account or use our services.
How is it different than 'spoofing'?
Spoof emails often include a fraudulent promotional materials and/or the invitation to serve as a go-between for payment processing or money transfers. This scam is primarily directed at a general audience, but it can also reach ISCA members. Like with phishing emails, the sender's address is often disguised.
What’s 'vishing' all about – and how do I spot it?
While phishing is typically carried out via email, scam artists may also attempt to facilitate a variety of scams using the telephone. Commonly referred to as voice mail and SMS (short message service) phishing (vishing/smishing), these scams are commonly carried out through automated systems that will leave you a voice or text message requesting personally identifiable or account information. Often times, the call will come from an unidentifiable number or one issued by a Voice Over IP (VoIP) company.
Consumer Advice: How to Avoid Phishing Scams
The number and sophistication of phishing scams sent out to consumers is continuing to increase dramatically. While online banking and e-commerce is very safe, as a general rule you should be careful about giving out your personal financial information over the Internet. The Anti-Phishing Working Group has compiled a list of recommendations that you can use to avoid becoming a victim of these scams.