I recently received an email from Costco about the non-delivery of package I never ordered that looked very suspicious. After further review, I was correct with my suspicions and it was an attempted phishing attack/scam. Below is a full definition of phishing.
Phishing is a technique used to gain personal information for purposes of identity theft, using fraudulent e-mail messages that appear to come from legitimate businesses. These authentic-looking messages are designed to fool recipients into divulging personal data such as account numbers and passwords, credit card numbers and Social Security numbers.
So steps you can take to be a victim of a spam attack are listed below:
- Do not click on links, download files or open attachments in emails from unknown senders
- Communicate personal information only via phone or secure web sites
- Protect your computer with a firewall, spam filters, anti-virus and anti-spyware software
- Beware of links in emails that ask for personal information