Phishing is a term from the English word, fishing – and is usually a form of electronic attack that can result in fraud. Its purpose is to steal users’ confidential data from computers, such as bank information, passwords and personal information.
A phishing attack begins with an e-mail containing a virus or links that direct users to fake sites where the senders are usually unknown or bogus. The messages contained in these e-mails exploit the addressee’s emotions (fear, curiosity, unique opportunities, among other), having them click on the links or the attached files.
Banks usually do not send unrequested e-mails with attachments to be installed or links to be opened. Click on a link sent in an e-mail message where a bank is the sender only if you are certain that it was sent by your bank. If in doubt, call your bank manager or your bank’s Customer Service Unit.
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