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Friday, July 31, 2015

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Pharming/Phising Scams - Happy State Bank

Pharming / Phishing

What is Pharming?  "Pharming" is the practice of redirecting Internet domain name requests to false websites in order to capture personal information, which may later be used to commit fraud and identity theft.

What is Phishing?  "Phishing" - as in fishing for confidential information - is a scam that encompasses fraudulently obtaining and using an individual's personal or financial information.

What are the differences between "Pharming" and "Phishing"?  While pharming is similar to phishing in that both practices try to entice individuals to enter personal information on a fraudulent websites, they differ in how they direct individuals to that site:

Detection and Prevention - Consumers and businesses can take several steps to prevent pharming attacks: