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Friday, 5 December 2008


What is phishing?
Fraudsters send fake emails or set up fake web sites that mimic Yahoo!'s sign-in pages (or the sign-in pages of other trusted companies, such as eBay or PayPal) to trick you into disclosing your user name and password. This practice is sometimes referred to as "phishing" — a play on the word "fishing" — because the fraudster is fishing for your private account information. Typically, fraudsters try to trick you into providing your user name and password so that they can gain access to an online account. Once they gain access, they can use your personal information to commit identity theft, charge your credit cards, empty your bank accounts, read your email, and lock you out of your online account by changing your password.

I think my Yahoo! ID was phished!
If you think you entered your Yahoo! ID and password at a phishing site, then follow these steps:

Change your Yahoo! password immediately. Here's how: Type www.yahoo.com in your browser's Address bar.Sign into Yahoo!.Go to your My Yahoo! page, your Yahoo! Mail account, or other Yahoo! service you use regularly.Below the Welcome message, click the My Account link.Enter your current password.On the Account Information page, click the Change Password link near the top of the page and follow the instructions.

I think I gave my bank account or credit card information to a phisher!

If you suspect you might have entered any financial information at a phishing site, contact your financial institution immediately! Change your password as soon as possible before a phisher can lock you out of your account.

How can I identify a phishing web site?
If you receive an email (or instant message) from someone you don't know directing you to sign in to a web site, be careful! You may have received a phishing email with links to a phishing web site. A phishing web site (sometimes called a "spoofed" site) tries to steal your account password or other confidential information by tricking you into believing you're on a legitimate web site. You can even land on a phishing site by mistyping a URL (web address).

Is that web site legitimate?
Don't be fooled by a site that looks real. It's easy for phishers to create web sites that look like the genuine article, complete with the logos and other graphics of a trusted web site.
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