"If you have received an e-mail from the Internal Revenue Service or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, chances are it was a phishing attempt. If you received e-mail from your bank, PayPal, or Facebook urging you to immediately verify information or risk having your account suspended, it was undoubtedly phishing. Phishing attacks have spiked this year, according to recent reports. The Anti-Phishing Working Group reports that there were more than 55,600 phishing attacks in the first half of 2009 alone. Phishing is particularly dangerous because once criminals get a victim’s password for one Web site they can often use it to get into other accounts where people have re-used the password.
And anyone can be at risk. The wife of FBI Director Robert Mueller banned him from doing online banking after he came close to falling for a phishing attempt.
Here is some basic information that can help people avoid being tricked by phishing attacks. " – Content courtesy of FAQ: Recognizing phishing e-mails | InSecurity Complex – CNET News