Phishing Attacks is the latest vogue of Cyber criminals. Evil-doers have nothing to do instead of hanging a worm to prey a hungry fish. "Phishing" is a technique which is used by the cyber crooks to bait the innocent user into giving their confidential data such as SSN (Social Security Number), credit card number, bank account numbers, and other personal data. According to the security experts this is the fast growing scam on web. Here you have the basic pattern of "phishing" scam. You will receive an official email which will appear from a legitimate source such from bank, or other retailers. In that email you will get a message that something bad is going to happen until you take a quick step.
Generally it will say that you account is going to get closed or someone has opened a fake account by using your name or someone stolen you identity. To get everything in order you need to click a link in the email and give some basic account information in order to verify your identity and provide some additional details to get everything cleared up. The first mistake you will do is that instead of calling the bank you will click on the link and the biggest mistake that you will do is providing your bank details. After giving up the information all you need to do is weep over your mistake.
After getting your confidential details the cyber-bandits will empty your bank accounts, run up the credit card balances, will open new credit accounts by using your identity.
In some cases these criminals send scam emails that will say that they have just sent $1,219.43 or some bigger amount in affiliate charge to you via PayPal. And you need to log into your PayPal account in order to verify the receipt and send a email back to them to confirm. Every time the cyber-bandits use new "phishing" style scam to find their prey. And it up to use to stay safe you need to be careful. No one else is going to protect your identity from phishing attacks you have to attentive while opening or clicking on any unknown link or visiting unknown site. It is always said not to trust any doubtful site if you are finding or getting any email from bank then instead of opening the email or providing any details to them stop there and call the right person from the bank and ask about that email. If you find that the email is from the trusted source then only provides the required details.