Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) May 19, 2011
PublicRecordFinder.com knows that technologies and the Internet have made scams a part of everyday life. PublicRecordFinder.com wants the public to know how to avoid being a victim. Phishing is done by scammers who send a mass email to every address they can find. The message appears to come from a financial institution or bank. The body of the email tells the reader that their personal information needs to be updated with their bank, and it provides a link to do so.
Despite the legitimate appearance, the emails are nothing but a scam. The link in the email will not take the viewer to a real bank website. Instead the information goes to a website to collect personal information by scammers. The information the "bank" asks for is very personal (mother's maiden name, date of birth, passwords) and can compromise identity and give access to other accounts. The goal of the scammers is to steal identity and create fake credit cards. Many victims of phishing scams only discover they have been duped after fraudulent activity is detected on their credit account through the duplicate cards created.
The common belief is that these scams are easy to detect, but many of these emails are actually quite advanced and not easily detectable. There are a variety of tricks to make the scam look legitimate. Often times the scammers build a graphical email using legitimate logos from financial institutions, and create a replica website. It looks as though the link in the email leads to a valid bank website when it truly leads right into the scammers trap site.
Be skeptical of the validity of any email sent that asks for personal information. PublicRecordFinder.com is a valuable resource to protect consumers from these sophisticated scams.
PublicRecordfinder.com offers the following tips to avoid falling victim to “Spear Phishing”:
- If an email is sent from an unfamiliar financial institution, use PublicRecordFinder.com's Banking Financials Research tab to investigate the company. The Banking Financials page offers many resources for financial information including a bankers glossary, bank routing numbers, list of legitimate federal credit unions and much more.
- If the bank associated with a personal account is received, look at the message carefully. Are there misspellings? Sometimes scammers are operating from a different country, and with English as a second language the grammar and spelling may be incorrect.
- Use PublicRecordsFinder.com to reverse search the email address to discover who sent the email.
- Check the link in the email carefully. Often times the scammers will type a legitimate web address, but the link will actually be something different, or other times they will switch one or two letters of the address so that it looks virtually identical.
To avoid phishing scams altogether it is important consumers use discretion. PublicRecordFinder.com offers a variety of resources to research requests such as worldwide public records, reverse phone lookups, consumer fraud resources, and bank and financial resources.
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