Phishing Fraud Warnings

Here are some of the more common email "phishing" identity theft schemes in circulation today. Emails are sent to a large number of email addresses (fishing with a wide net) in an attempt to "catch" a percentage of users who will unknowing provide credit card or checking account information to online thieves.

Phishing Email from "eBay" or "PayPal" or a "Financial Institution"

What it looks like:

What to know:

Legitimate email from eBay and email from PayPal will always be addressed to your full account name. They will not ask you to update account information via a link in an email.

The links in the phishing email may look like they go to eBay or to PayPal or to your Financial Institution's web site, but they actually go to an unauthorize web site. They use these sites to illegally obtain your credit card and/or banking information so they can make purchases or empty out your checking account. Never click these links in emails. To login to your accounts, type the domain of your account holder directly in your browser so you go to the web site of the account holder and not to a bogus web site.

Lottery Winnings Email

What it looks like:

What to know:

They will ask you for your checking account information in order to transfer the money to you, and instead, they will empty out your account.

Urgent Business Email

What it looks like:

What to know:

They will ask you for your checking account information in order to transfer the money to you, and instead, they will empty out your account. Or, worst yet, they ask you to fly to the foreign country for a meeting... Don't go!

Job Opportunity Email

What it looks like:

What to know:They will take the money you have accepted from the customers and not deliver the merchandise. This leaves you owing product or money to the customers. Sometimes they want money up front which you will never see again.