E-mail security threat: Spoofing

E-mail spoofing occurs when an attacker sends you an e-mail pretending to be someone you know. Spoofing is analogous to sending a letter to someone and forging the return address on the envelope. Unfortunately, e-mail spoofing is easy to do, and very difficult to trace to its real sender.

E-mail security threat: Phishing

Phishing (pronounced like fishing) e-mails have become a favorite weapon of identity thieves, and they are becoming increasingly difficult to spot. Most phishing e-mails purport to be from a banking or other financial institution (as well as Web sites such as PayPal), and every once in a while they get lucky and actually send an e-mail pretending to be from your bank.

Phishing e-mails appear very authentic, and often include graphics and logos that are actually from your bank. There may even be a link that actually takes you to your bank’s Web site. But buried somewhere in that e-mail is a link that takes you to a malicious Web site. Even if you don’t enter any personal information, clicking the link can infect your computer with data-stealing malware.

Tricks to prevent Spoofing and Phishing

  • Never click a hyperlink in a suspect e-mail.

  • Never reply to a suspect e-mail with personal information (such as account numbers, and passwords).

  • Look for grammatical errors in the e-mail (but beware, identity thieves are getting more sophisticated).

  • Contact your bank via telephone (get the number from your bank’s Web site, not from the e-mail you received) if you suspect fraud.

  • If you subscribe to e-mail or text alerts from your bank or financial institution, you should be familiar with the format, content, and address of these messages. Be suspicious of anything you receive that is out of the norm.

  • Watch for small charges on your financial statements — to avoid detection, a thief is more likely to steal a few dollars from thousands of bank accounts rather than several hundred dollars from a few bank accounts.

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