The US FTC Plays Phishy On YouTube
Phishing attacks are nothing to joke about, so the US Federal Trade Commission has launched a video campaign to warn surfers: keep an sharp lookout for anyone in need of your information!
April 7, 2008
Up till now, the campaign consists in six videos, in both English and Spanish. In the latest videos, the main character is a fin-backed 'phisher' who unsuccessfully tries to get people to turn over various personal and financial details.
All six videos are also available on OnGuardOnline.gov. Aside from the video campaign, the site features a handful of useful pieces of advice for those needing to know how to dodge phishing attacks:
- Don't reply to email or pop-up messages that ask for personal or financial information, and don't click on links in the message. Don't cut and paste a link from the message into your Web browser — phishers can make links look like they go one place, but that actually send you to a different site.
- Some scammers send an email that appears to be from a legitimate business and ask you to call a phone number to update your account or access a "refund." Because they use Voice over Internet Protocol technology, the area code you call does not reflect where the scammers really are. If you need to reach an organization you do business with, call the number on your financial statements or on the back of your credit card.
- Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software, as well as a firewall, and update them all regularly.
- Don't email personal or financial information.
- Review credit card and bank account statements as soon as you receive them to check for unauthorized charges.
- Be cautious about opening any attachment or downloading any files from emails you receive, regardless of who sent them