Gone Phishing?

I haven’t blogged in a week. I’ve been bogged down by a nasty cold. (<-- that was intentional) I'm pretty choleric right now as it looks like my brother is the victim of some kind of scam or hacking. His Paypal account is showing a payment of $1300 and his bank confirms that the funds have been moved. He says he would never enter his username and password through an email so I'm not sure if it actually was a phishing scam, but I think the possibility is still there. He may have done something without even knowing it. For those who don't know, and shame on you if you don't, a typical phishing scam goes something like this: You get an email supposedly from your bank or Paypal or eBay or Amazon or any place that would hold a credit card on file. The email is a fake and masked to look like its legitimately from one of these places. It explains some story as to why you need to upgrade your contact information and gives you a link to a website to do so. Again, you're taken to a fake website. Once you sheepishly fill in all of your information, it is sent to some jerk-off standing behind a computer. Who then uses it to buy $1300 worth of Vaseline. This is just one example of a phishing scam. They are getting more and more clever, but people are hopefully catching on. The unfortunately-named scam has received quite a bit of media attention recently. Knowing that these kinds of things are out there is really the only defense we have against them. Criminals evolve with technology. Basically, It really bothers me that people prey on others like this. Identity theft is scary...

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