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Phishing Email Scams
Usually the scam begins with an email about a bank or other financial institution that warns about possible compromised accounts. It then suggests logging into a website and filling out (or as they say, "verifying") confidential information. The link from the email will most likely take you to a fake website that appears to be legitimate. There are even times when compared to the real site it looks almost identical. However, there are always flaws in the fake site. Examples include spelling and grammatical errors as well as problems with the site itself - like links not working or just appearing "odd". If you receive any email telling you to login to a site, even it it is a real site or you bank with the company, never follow the link from the email. Always use your own bookmark, or go to a search engine (like Google) and do a search for the company in question to find out if it has a REAL website. Many legitimate sites have warnings about phishing schemes.
If you do click on the link
Don't worry. Most of the times the fake website is "harmless". By harmless I mean that it will not do anything to your PC or retrieve any information automatically from your machine or about you. However, if you login to the fake website, you will usually come to a page that has several fields it asks you to fill out, examples include SSN, DOB, Address, etc. This is where confidentiality can be breached. Whatever information you enter at this point can be transferred to a deviant third party and used to steal your identity.
And this is why it has been dubbed, "phishing". The creators of the website are fishing for information about you that they can use to steal your ID and have all kinds of fun with your money. (just kidding about the last part). Phishing is a serious problem and every ounce of caution should be used. If you have ever been to a site you feel is fake and you have submitted confidential information, you should verify with the real institution to see if there has been unauthorized activity in your account or take the necessary means to protect the account in question.
Here is a site that has more information, example phishing scams, and the latest scams that have hit the internet.
Many of you have received what are called "spoofed" emails. These are emails that appear to have been sent by you to someone that you do not know. Another attribute within the emails is that they have been "bounced" by another server, or say something like "failed to deliver", or your email contained a virus, etc.
There is no need to worry about these emails.
Several viruses have been spreading in the past few weeks and one characteristics of these viruses is to "spoof" emails from address books. These address books are (most likely) coming from an EXTERNAL (ie. Hotmail, Yahoo, etc.) email accounts. Also, the address books of an infected computer has your email address (again, most likely it is someone you know, so that is why they have your address).
When you receive them, just delete them. They are annoying, but harmless. They should settle down in the next few weeks, as it takes some systems a while to disinfect their machines.