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Phishing Likely This Holiday Season Too

The past has seen big Websites like PayPal, eBay and Amazon hit by 'phishing e-mail scam', but security experts notify that online consumers will find even more "phishy" e-mails clogging their inboxes this holiday season.

The word 'phishing' is very similar to 'fishing' except the fact that here, victim is 'the fish' and malicious e-mail threatening the receiver acts as a bait. If the receiver bites, he runs the threat of identity pilfering and all other problems it produces.

As the holiday season begins this year, it is most desirable that consumers understand that Internet security is not just about protecting computers. It is also about protecting the consumer, meaning that they must be educated with the measures needed to protect themselves.

According to Christopher Faulkner, CEO of 'CI Host', a Dallas-based 'web hosting and website management' company, despite educating public about these types of e-mail scams, online miscreants aren't throwing up their hands yet. As people get savvier with the activities of cyber crooks, the criminals persist to get their game better by improving their tricks.

A highly prevalent 'phishing e-mail' from the previous holidays that consumers must be careful about is one, which entices the receiver to submit personal information quickly so that his/ her order may arrive within time. Faulkner says such types of e-mails have been swindling by greater frequency, and so this year is not likely to be any exception.

Another precautionary step against similar e-mails is to call the customer service number if the e-mail recipient doubts its legitimacy. The phone number is usually provided on the official website of the company with which the recipient placed the order. The company will clarify if they really need more information or if the e-mail was a hoax.

The best practice to avoid falling in a phishing trap is not to rush. Consumers must not panic about getting the shopping done quickly. An e-mail scam can strike anyone, so people need to be alert and cautious. If the e-mail sounds too good to be true, it is better to pass on it and look for a different deal.

Related article: Phishing With A Redirector Code

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