Wednesday’s Word: Phishing

By Dylan Donley, Spring 2014 Graduate Research Assistant

Phishing is a type of scam in which fraudsters (a.k.a. phishers) use spam emails or other types of communication methods (e.g., automated voicemail messages or cold calls) to obtain sensitive personal and financial information from unsuspecting individuals. Phishers are able to obtain this information through the use of false or exaggerated statements or claims in order to force people to react and give up something of value or some right that they hold.

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