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Ami Raz    
Tuesday, 25 September 4:49 AM

Fishing - Yes.  

Phishing - NO! 


Recently, one of my clients received a fake PayPal email which tried to get him to enter his credit card details.  It looked real.  It said that he had ordered an item to be delivered to Tunisia, and it had a prominent "Get Full Refund" button.  When he clicked on the button, "PayPal" seemed to know his name, address, and password. It then asked him to fill in his credit card details to process the refund. 

At that point, I got suspicious.  Looking carefully, I saw that the address of the website was not but !  It's a "phishing" attempt – an email that tricks you into entering personal data such as your email address, password, identification questions, bank accounts, etc., for use by cyber criminals.   

Here's the write-up:  If you do receive a fake paypal message, send it to  

Here are two statistics that make you think: 

Though it's hard to gauge how much cyber crime actually costs us, Macafee estimates that the annual global cost of such crime could be over $400 billion. See here.  That’s more than the GDP of 160 countries, including Iceland, Finland, Ireland, and Denmark, according to a TED podcast I recently heard.

Phishing is a well-known cyber crime technique that involves defrauding an online account user by posing as a legitimate entity. According to the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, 30 percent of phishing emails are actually opened, and 12 percent of those targeted click on the infecting link or attachment. See here.

How do you identify a phishing hoax?

Here are 7 signs: 

  1.  The email has improper spelling or grammar
  2.   The hyperlinked URL is different from the one shown
  3.   The email urges you to take immediate action
  4.    The email requests personal information
  5.    The email says you’ve done something that you haven't (entered a contest, ordered from PayPal, etc.)
  6.    The email asks you to make a donation
  7.    The email includes suspicious attachments

What to do? 

  1. Don’t click on any of the links on the email
  2.  Don’t enter any personal data
  3. Go to the legitimate site of your PayPal, credit card or banking company.  Check if there is a problem with your account.  If you are still in doubt, change your password.
  4.  Delete the email – if you are in doubt.
  5.  Try these sites for more information about specific hoaxes:

Best Wishes,
Ami Raz - Computer Solutions
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Tel: (02) 648-2505  Cell: (054) 437-3936  Skype: amirazz
Teaching, Fixing, and Selling Computers Since 1985  


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