Phishing is a fraudulent attempt, usually made through email, to steal your personal information.
Phishing emails usually appear to come from a well-known organization and ask for your personal information — such as credit card number, social security number, account number or password. Often times phishing attempts appear to come from sites, services and companies with which you do not even have an account. (Source:PhishTank)
A phishing email in the name of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is being circulated from the email “firstname.lastname@example.org” with the subject line “Approved Form”. It contains a word document as attachment that inturn claims to be from customer services desk of Reserve Bank of India. The notification claimed a return of “£500,000.00 GBP” and just granted a time of 2 days to send the email with requisite personal details like:
Fill The From Below:
1. Full Names:
2. Residential Address:
3. Mobile Number:
7. Send Us One Passport id And One Photos:
8. Marital Status:
9. Bank Name:
10. Account Number:
11. Holders Name:
12. Bank Branch:
and send to “email@example.com” immediately.
Please do not reply to any such fraudulent emails.
The best way to protect yourself from phishing is to ignore unsolicited emails and exercising caution before sharing any PII (Personally Identifiable Information)
Be aware to be safe online!!!!!