What Is Phishing?
Phishing is an Internet fraud technique that is used by criminals to trick you into giving them personal information. Phishing occurs when a criminal sends you an e-mail message with a link to what may appear to be your institution’s Web site, but is actually a fake. On this fake Web site, you will be asked to enter personal information such as your social security number, account number, or credit card number. Phishing is a fraudulent act aimed at stealing your identity and private account information. Phishers set up a phony Web site that looks like the site of a trusted company to trick you into disclosing your access ID and password.