Jun 19, 2015

How to Recognize a Pay Pal Scam

On a bright sunny Friday afternoon, I received an email from Pay Pal. I could tell that it is a phishing scam immediately.

So, for any potential Sherlock Holmes out there. Where is the hidden clue that gave the scammers away?  

Scroll down to see the answer..

So what is Phishing? It sounds like a cute kitten

Here is the shameless copy and paste paragraph from Wikipedia which I know that you guys are too lazy to click on the link above and read. So here it is.... And no, it has nothing to do with kittens..

Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.[1][2] The word is a neologism created as a homophone of fishing due to the similarity of using fake bait in an attempt to catch a victim. Communications purporting to be from popular social web sites, auction sites, banks, online payment processors or IT administrators are commonly used to lure unsuspecting public. Phishing emails may contain links to websites that are infected with malware.[3] Phishing is typically carried out by email spoofing[4] or instant messaging,[5] and it often directs users to enter details at a fake website whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one. Phishing is an example of social engineering techniques used to deceive users,[6] and exploits the poor usability of current web security technologies.[7] Attempts to deal with the growing number of reported phishing incidents include legislation, user training, public awareness, and technical security measures. Many websites have now created secondary tools for applications, like maps for games, but they should be clearly marked as to who wrote them, and users should not use the same passwords anywhere on the internet.

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