What is phishing and what are its common features ?

Phishing is an online crime which targets victims through emails, telephones or messages. The technique is to pose as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as bank details and passwords.

Once such information is obtained, the repercussions can be devastating especially when they result in identity theft or financial loss.

Usually phishing can be identified by some common features which are almost identical on all cases.

Most commonly such emails are too good to be true. They include attention grabbing statements such as claims that the receiver won millions of Euros. Phishing mails also tends to have a sense of urgency giving the receiving end a few minutes to respond.

One must also take note of attachments which might be included. Such attachments might be of harm to the devices or identities.

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