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Washington DC Phishing Scams – Email Phishing Scams, Washington DC

Basically, “Phishing” is an email or instant messaging scam with which the sender is attempting steal personal information such as account usernames, passwords, banking information and credit card information from the user. When you receive one of these emails or messages they often seem very genuine and look as if they are coming from a legitimate source and will have a hyperlink that will redirect you to a website that also looks very professional and legitimate. The intention is to fool you in to entering your account or user information in to a website that also looks a real as the email that sent you there. The number of phishing scams at are reported is rapidly growing and there have been measures put in place to try and deal with them.
One of the biggest phishing scams I have seen is to my Craigslist account. I get numerous emails to the email address that I use for this account claiming that my account needs to be verified and to go to the following site to verify the username and password. Fortunately, Craigslist is very aware of the phishing scams that are intended to fool its users and does what it can to inform its users against the scams and what to do if they encounter one. One thing you can do is report the scam to the “The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG)” on their website or to the “Federal Trade Commission (FTC)”.    Often times people who fall victim to phishing scams become victims of identity theft as well.
The best way to avoid falling victim to one of these scams is to be aware of them. If you receive an email or pop-up message that asks you for personal or financial information, do not click the hyperlink that given in the message and do not reply. Most legitimate companies these days are also aware of these scams and will tell you on their website that they do not send emails or messages asking you for personal information and that if you get one of these messages to be cautious. Another way is to keep your antivirus, antispyware and firewall up-to-date and run them regularly. They will help with pop-ups as well as with scanning your email for potential spam. You should also never send personal or financial information in an email. Email is not secure and can be intercepted. Don’t open emails or attachments unless you know the sender. And in the case of identity theft, check your credit card and bank statements, when you get them, for unauthorized charges.
If you believe that you have fallen victim to one of these scams it is important to get it taken care of right away. Here at Geek ABC we want you to have a pleasant internet experience and we do understand the importance of social networking. If you have any questions we can be reached via our website www.geekabc.com, or give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) to schedule an appointment. You can also check out our blog at http://geekabc.blogspot.com/ for more information on other topics. We provide mobile, onsite computer service and repair for businesses and residents throughout the Washington DC metro area.

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