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A type of scam which attempts to steal an individual's identity and/or financial account credentials.

Phishing attacks include sending spoof e-mails to lead the recipient to websites designed to trick the recipient into entering financial data such as credit card numbers, account usernames, passwords etc. The website is typically styled to look identical to the real website, and the only give-away may be that the url doesn't look quite right. Phishing emails might also contains attachments, asking the victim to complete a form, such attachments might be to gather identify information and/or install a virus on the victim's computer.

As a rule, genuine emails from retailers, companies etc, will never as for personal information such as bank account and credit card numbers, passwords, pin numbers etc.

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