Phishing Facts

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

· An estimated 59 million phishing e-mails are sent each day.

· About 1 in 6 are opened.

· In 2006, about 109 million U.S. adults received phishing e-mail attacks, compared with 57 million in 2004.

· The average loss per victim in 2006 was $1,244, compared with $257 in 2004.

· Victims recovered an average of 54 percent of their losses in 2006, compared with 80 percent in 2004.

Source: Gartner and Iconix

What to Do if You've Been Scammed:

If you suspect you have been a victim of fraud after using Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com or Yahoo Hot Jobs, here are the sites to contact:

http://my.monster.com/TermsOfUseFeedback.aspx

http://www.fuzeqna.com/careerbuilder/consumer/question.asp

http://abuse.yahoo.com

You can also file a report with the FBI Internet Crimes Division at http://www.ic3.gov/.

Before you send a prospective employer personal information, check them out with the Better Business Bureau: http://www.dc.bbb.org/index.html

Phone: 202-393-8000.


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