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Are you aware of phishing scams? If not, this article is for you. Let’s discuss how phishing is committed and what you can do to protect yourself against it.

One of the most common techniques used by scammers today is “phishing”. If you’re not familiar with this term, it’s time to make yourself aware of this technique to avoid being a victim.

Phishing Scams and Credit Cardholders
First of all, what is “phishing”? Phishing is illegally acquiring personal information from another person through the internet. It is done using e-mails and false websites where an unsuspecting internet user enters his personal details or bank information without realizing that the source of the email or the owner of the website is a scammer. This method has been practiced way back in the early 90’s yet it has become more advanced in our time today.

Expert identity thieves would often “copy” or ”duplicate” a legitimate company’s website and use it to deceive customers into providing their banking information. The website will often look very similar to the original that consumers who are not aware of this scam is easily tricked and scammed. Sometimes an e-mail will be sent that contains links to these “fake” websites so that when the user clicks on them, he will be directed to the scammer’s site.

Online Business Owners – Beware!
Phishing Scams affect not only consumers but business owners as well, especially those with online businesses. Because of online fraud and identity theft, many consumers are hesitant to make transactions online.

The Federal Trade Commission is vehemently against such crimes related to online fraud and stolen identity. FTC encourages all consumers to be cautious when giving away their personal information especially over the web.

Although most credit card companies accept applications online, everyone is warned that not all websites can be trusted. Before filling up any type of online application, see to it that you are dealing with a reputable company. Check their status from Better Business Bureau. If it is a fraudulent company, chances are it will have record of complaint from its clients. Nevertheless, just because it doesn’t have record of complaint doesn’t mean you should easily trust the company. Do more research about its background and track record.

Be sure that the site uses a secured server. A secured site can easily stand out from “bogus” sites if you know the signs to look for. First of all, the URL of the website should begin with https:// which is a standard protocol for secured sites. You should also look for pad lock icon on the bottom right of your browser. Make sure that this icon is locked that indicates security.

Lastly, remember that banks and legitimate financing institutions will never as you to re-enter your personal details for confirmation. If you receive such an e-mail, don’t respond to it. Instead, call your bank and personally ask them about the e-mail you received. The best protection is to always be aware of how you provide and use your personal information. Keep in mind that fraud and identity theft is always a looming possibility and it is up to you to stay on guard and save yourself from becoming a victim.

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