Phishing in Time of the Global Economic Crisis

With the economic crisis around the world, consumers need to be more cautious than ever with their financial assets.

"Scam artists are experts at exploiting consumer fears and imminent situations." Comments Henrik Sorensen, co-founder of SPAMfighter. "The financial crisis is no exception."

Phishing is when a scammer sends a fake e-mail, linking to a fake site where they in turn ask for personal information from the e-mail recipient. This information is usually bank information, which is then used to hack in to their personal bank account. Phishing is very hard for a user to detect as both the e-mail and the site they are redirected to look very legitimate.

"All e-mail users are at risk of becoming a victim of financial e-mail scams and identity theft, which is one of the biggest threats in the United States today. Nevertheless, protecting your e-mail account with the proper program could avoid and lower the risk of falling victim to this scam" Says, Alix Aranza, Managing Director for SPAMfighter in North America.

The amount of attention on the global economic crisis has caused consumers to be more attentive to their financial assets, and in turn, an easy target for phishers. Citibank, Washington Mutual, and PayPal have all fallen victim to phishing attacks under their name.

Anti-spam developer, SPAMfighter, warns users to take extreme caution when giving over personal information via the internet. Never open a link sent through a spam mail, and when in doubt, always contact the bank through the telephone number given on the bank statements.
It is crucial that e-mail users have the proper e-mail security system in place to avoid phishing attacks. SPAMfighter stops over 99% of all phishing mails, and can be downloaded free here

About SPAMfighter

SPAMfighter is Europe's leading spam filter developer. The Danish company is owned by the founders of Jubii.dk, Henrik Sørensen and Martin Thorborg, together with two programmers, Daniel Hjortholt and Martin Dyring. SPAMfighter employs 35 people and is based in Copenhagen. SPAMfighter North America is based in Boca Raton, Florida and is headed by Alix Aranza.

SPAMfighter is debt-free and is 100 per cent financed by income from the sale of the SPAMfighter client. Each day, SPAMfighter removes around 38 million spam messages from 42 million tested emails received by over 4.4 million users in 216 countries/regions.

For more information, contact Henrik Sorensen, info@spamfighter.com SPAMfighter ApS, Nattergalevej 6, DK-2400 Copenhagen NV, Denmark. Phone: +45 7022 1551 Fax (Europe): +45 3323 0376 or Alix Aranza Phone (USA) +1 (561) 962-4166 Fax (USA) +1 (561) 962-4266 uspartners@spamfighter.com

 

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