June 20, 2024
Phishing: At the Office
Phishing is a scam where Internet fraudsters send spam or pop-up messages to lure personal and financial information from unsuspecting victims. To avoid getting hooked visit OnguardOnline.gov and learn how to guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.

Woman: (gasp)

Man: Sorry about that… I’m here to help.

Woman (nervous):
You are?

Absolutely. Your bank account information needs to be updated…to be sure that it’s not compromised.

Really. Compromised? How?

I need your password – and I need it now.

My password? My bank has my password. Something here doesn’t seem right.


I can’t quite put my finger on it.

Trust issues, huh? You know, once we figure this whole thing out, maybe we could grab a cup of coffee. If you give me your credit card number I could even order something for us right now… Hi, whoa…

You fishing for information?

Uh, uh…This isn’t what it looks like. Ow. Easy on the fin! Ow. Ow!

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