Avoid Phishing Scams

Department of Biological Science

at Florida State University

How to avoid Phishing Scams

The number and sophistication of phishing scams sent out to consumers is continuing to increase dramatically. While online banking and e-commerce is safe, as a general rule you should be careful about giving out your personal financial information over the Internet.

Phishing involves e-mail messages and Web sites designed to trick internet  users into disclosing personal information like credit card numbers, passwords and bank account numbers.
"The (Anti-Phishing Working Group's) organization also posts tips on how to avoid phishing scams and what to do if your personal information has been compromised.

See also:
Federal Trade Commission
US Department of Justice (pdf)


For more information, check some of the following sources:

For more information about how to protect yourself, see our Fact Sheet 17a Identity Theft: What to do if It Happens to You at https://www.privacyrights.org/consumer-guides/identity-theft-what-do-if-it-happens-you. Read the information and tips put out by the Federal Trade Commission about phishing at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/alerts/phishingalrt.htm. Read the Department of Justice's recent whitepaper "Special Report on Phishing" at http://www.antiphishing.org/DOJ_Special_Report_On_Phishing_Mar04.pdf