How to Fend off Phishing
The best way to avoid becoming a phishing victim is to remember that real companies almost never send e-mail asking you to submit personal data. The message might include fancy graphics, trademark symbols and an authentic-looking e-mail address in the "from" line, but all of that can be easily faked. Here are some easy ways to tell:
The Federal Trade Commission and the Anti-Phishing Working Group also offer tips on avoiding falling prey to phishing. Visit their Web sites for additional information.
EarthLink offers a free "ScamBlocker" toolbar that you can install on your Internet browser. It alerts you before you visit pages that are on the company's list of known phisher Web sites. EBay, one of the top targets for phishers, has a similar toolbar.
-- Compiled by Brian Krebs, washingtonpost.com