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What is Spoof or Phishing?

Last Updated: May 07, 2014 11:20AM PDT
Stay safe: Don’t give out your personal information or password.  We will never ask you for this information!

A spoof or phishing (pronounced "fishing") email is an email that is designed to look like it comes from a well-known company and that tells some story to get you to click a link or button in the email.

The links or buttons in the email take you to a website that is also called a "spoof" because it, too, fakes the appearance of a popular website or company. The spoof site asks you to input personal information, such as your credit card number, Social Security number or account password. You think you’re giving information to a trusted company, when in fact, you’re supplying it to a criminal.

Remember: The "From" field of an email can easily be changed - it’s not a reliable indicator of where the email came from.

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