Avoid Online Spam And Phishing

Have you ever gotten a mail saying that you should renew your account information immediately or it will shut down? Emails from websites saying you should renew or activate your account etc although you might not remember activating or having an account with that company? If yes, then you might be a victim of spamming and phishing. Read further details related to online phishing and how you can prevent from becoming a victim in the rest of the article.
You may define online fraud and phishing as spoofed emails send by internet fraudsters by a fake name of a bank, organization or online service. The email usually asks for your personal information like credit card number, name, email address, password etc and filling out that from ends up sending that information to the internet fraudsters. Some of the spam and phishing emails might take you to another counterfeit website asking all this personal information for you to fill out. Some mails want you to confirm the information you provided to an online service or bank (PayPal, eBay etc) and when you do so that information is sent to third party making your computer or your given information vulnerable.

To avoid becoming a victim of spam, online fraud and phishing one must strictly follow the given tips:
•Don’t reply to emails, pop-up advertisements asking for your personal information like credit card number, name, email address, password or some sort of financial information.
•Do not click on any of these messages either. Do not click on the links available in these kinds of mails or messages. Don't reply to email or pop-up messages that ask for personal or financial information, and don't click on links in the message. Don't cut and paste a link from the message into your Web browser — phishers can make links look like they go one place, but that actually send you to a different site.
•Some scammers send an email that appears to be from a legitimate business and ask you to call a phone number to update your account or access a "refund." Because they use Voice over Internet Protocol technology, the area code you call does not reflect where the scammers really are. If you want to update your information type the website link yourself or call the service number on the back of your credit card rather than dialing the number given in that mail.
•Use an anti-virus and anti-spyware softwares, run a scan daily and update them on a daily basis as well.
•Don't email personal or financial information.
•Be vigilant about opening any attachment or downloading any files from emails you received, regardless of who sent them.

Online fraud and phishing scams are becoming more realistic and smart, so do not assume a reliable looking e-mail and web site is adequate. Always be on guard and avoid giving out personal information to these kinds of messages or mails. As in the case of phishing emails the more people would fall for the trick the more the number of these spoofed emails will increase.

I would suggest filing a complaint but that won’t be helpful as spammers and online phishers are becoming smart enough to hide their tracks while using fake addresses and information. So it is almost impossible for us to find them. You might end up blaming someone else for the spamming. One thing that you can try to avoid any spoofed emails and phishing scams you can always download a Netcraft Toolbar. It is an Internet Explorer toolbar, which protects users against phishing sites. Whether a phishing site is reported via the toolbar or through some other channel, Netcraft blocks access for everyone using the Netcraft toolbar.
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