Phishing, email and Internet scams are common on the Internet and can include: Emails containing virus infected attachments. The two common methods for distribution of viruses and malicious code are via email attachments and downloading malicious code from the Internet. By far the most common method of distribution is by email attachments so exercise caution when opening attachments. The general rule is: If you are not expecting the attachment and don't trust the source - don't open it!
For information on recognising a phishing email, visit the Microsoft Safety and Security Centre website: How To Recognise a Phishing Email.
Further information on spam and scams are available below: Nigeria 419 scams How to recognise spoofed websites
What is Phishing? Phishing is a type of deception aimed at identify theft. In a phishing scam, a malicious person tries to get personal and financial information such as bank account details, credit card numbers, passwords, or other personal information from you by convincing you to give it to them under false pretences. Phishing schemes usually come via spam email that contains a link to a fake website such as a banksite or e-bay site. A phishing scam begins with a malicious user who sends out millions of fraudulent e-mail messages that appear to come from popular Web sites or from sites that you trust, like your bank or credit card company. The e-mail messages, and the Web sites they often send you to, look official enough that they deceive m...