What is phishing?
Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers, online.
Through Phishing emails, scammers will attempt to obtain sensitive information such as passwords, personal information and more.
These phishing emails can be very hard to spot, as they appear to come from a trusted source such as a bank or a social networking site like Facebook.
They want you to click on a link that takes you to a website that looks like a legitimate one, but is in fact a way to get you to divulge sensitive information. Be aware that legitimate sites will not ask you to disclose passwords and so forth and be very wary of any sites that ask for this information.
IF IN DOUBT DELETE THE EMAIL IMMEDIATELY AND RUN THE LATEST ANTI VIRUS SOFTWARE
The increasing popularity of the internet has opened up the world to millions of people. It is now possible to do things that were unheard of only ten or even five years ago. Unfortunately like most places, the internet is not free from scams and scammers. Some scams are especially designed to take advantage of the way the internet works. (Source reference; "Online Scams." Online Scams. Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2013. http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/tag/onlinescams)
For more information about staying safe online, fraud safety tips, or consumer law protection visit:
www.onguardonline.gov/media (A fantastic educational resource from the US government that teaches you about online safety)
http://www.consumerfraudreporting.org/email_headers.php (Information on reading Email Headers)
Stayz safety page at http://www.stayz.com.au/consumer/online-safety