What is Phishing?
Phishing scams are typically fraudulent email messages appearing to come from legitimate enterprises (e.g., your university, your Internet service provider, your bank). These messages usually direct you to a spoofed web site and ask you to provide private information (e.g., password, credit card, or other account updates). The perpetrators then use this private information to commit identity theft.
Examples of phishing attempt are: (1) an email message stating that you need to re-activate your account to avoid being cut off from it, (2) instructing you to click a link to access a requested document, or (3) to verify your account due to fraudulent activity. Phishing messages are designed to make you panic and react immediately, rather than thinking about what you are doing.
How Do I Avoid Being Phished?