Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to solicit personal information by posing as a trustworthy organization. For example, an attacker may send email seemingly from a reputable credit card company or financial institution that requests account information, often suggesting that there is a problem. When users respond with the requested information, attackers can use it to gain access to the accounts. Phishing attacks may also appear to come from other types of organizations, such as charities. Attackers often take advantage of current events and certain times of the year, such as
- natural disasters (e.g. Hurricane Katrina)
- epidemics and health scares (e.g., H1N1)
- economic concerns (e.g. IRS scams)
- major political elections
Remember please that Immaculata or any other reputable company will NEVER ask for your personal information.