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  • henrypavlovich
    This is the internet term for what Hania was a victim of: the hacker copies a real web site (belonging to Yahoo, Hotmail, Paypal, or more often even a bank)
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      This is the internet term for what Hania was a victim of: the hacker copies a real web site (belonging to Yahoo, Hotmail, Paypal, or more often even a bank) from the genuine original website and then sends it to a victim with a lie. The design of the email copied from a genuine original and the lying message are designed to make the recipient think it's genuine and voluntarily to give up account and password details. The lie is often that there is a security check, or that your account has been blocked temporarily, and that you need to enter your account details and password. If the "phishing" involves a fake bank or Paypal request, then your money disappears. If a bank is involved, it is best to contact the real bank (not through the received email) to ask if the message is genuine. Most anti-virus packages (e.g. Kaspersky) will spot phishing attempts and warn you (loudly if you have the sound switched on). Unfortunately for Hania, Yahoo will say it was her fault. Thank goodness she didn't lose any money; I hope she didn't. Henry Pavlovich
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