Savvy Criminals “Phishing” Web For Personal Data

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Phishers are criminals who send emails “phishing” for personal information from unsuspecting Internet users, the Dallas Morning News says.

This week, many people received messages from “Sean Wright” with “Earthlink Billing Department” asking them to connect to a Web site to supply personal information that is “temporaly” unavailable. Misspellings like this are often a tip-off to these schemes, security experts say.

Clicking on the supplied link brings up a Web page with fill-in blanks that looks suspiciously like an official EarthLink site, complete with the company’s logo and links back to legitimate pages. This page is seeking just about every bit of information you’re willing to give it, including your mother’s maiden name, your credit card number and your “driving license” information. But it is a fraud.

“The criminals are becoming more and more savvy about getting around computer security,” said FBI Cyber Division spokesman Bill Murray. “When they can’t penetrate the computer itself … the next logical step is through social engineering to enable them to get the data that they’re after.”


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