Sure, that e-mail looks legit, but is it from a 'phisher'?

THE e-mail in my in-box looked official. It had the familiar E-Trade Financial logo across the top. The return e-mail address was a legitimate financial document delivery website. The e-mail informed me that my statement was now available online and that I could click a link embedded in the e-mail and log on.

The problem was the e-mail was not sent by E-Trade. It was a scam.

Clicking the link would have sent me to a site with an address that was just one letter different from the official E-Trade web address, dropping me into the clutches of someone trying to steal my account number and password and opening a whole world of personal information.

This type of scam, known as "phishing" or "spoofing," commonly targets customers of financial institutions, but it has also been used to scam customers of travel businesses. Sure, that e-mail looks legit, but is it from a 'phisher'? - Los Angeles Times

Linked by shanmuga Saturday, 29th October 2005 1:19AM