||Oracle Tips by Burleson
Chapter 8 -
Fake Websites and Identity Theft
A fake web site exists when someone creates a
web page that imitates another legitimate one. For example,
www.citibank.com is the official web page for the Citigroup
family of companies. If someone were to setup a web page at
www.citibank.org and were to make it look like it was the
official page for the Citigroup family of companies; that would be a
fake website. It would also be a violation of many copyright and
trademark laws and would likely be shut down very quickly.
However, before being shut down, if an innocent
victim happened across it and did not realize that this was not the
legitimate Citigroup website, they might enter private information
like their account number and PIN. This information, when collected
by the creator of the fake site could be used to start a shopping
spree using the victim’s credit card.
Double Check URL’s - When conducting business
online, always verify the address in the browser to make sure the
name matches the company.
Phishing for Identity
When people say something smells fishy, they
mean that it might not be good. Phishing is another way for
identity thieves to harvest private information, and there is
definitely nothing good about that. The basic scam involves
receiving an e-mail from a nonexistent company. The messages
usually warn that something bad will happen if one does not follow
the instructions, or the message provides some other reasonable
reason for the user to go to the bogus website.
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