Security

Phishing: A Primer on What Phishing Is and How It Works

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Executive Summary

Phishing is just one of the many ways that the Internet can be used to get people to unknowingly provide their personal financial information to fraudsters. A phishing attack is most often initiated with a special type of spam (unsolicited email) containing a link to a misleading domain name, which appears to be a legitimate site. The email tricks the recipient into visiting the spoofed web site - one that mimics a site where the person would normally feel comfortable entering a username and password or other personal information. This white paper explains how phishing works and how it can be combated.

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