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Cyber Safety Glossary

Spoofing

Also Known As:
Pharming, Phishing.

Description:
Spoofing is when a person pretends to be a business or organization in order to gain access to a computer user's sensitive information such as bank account, credit card, and Social Security numbers. Spoofing scams generally arrive via email, appear to be authentic and urge immediate action to update personal information.

How to Recognize This Threat:
Official looking and sounding messages that urge immediate action to update sensitive financial and identity information.

What Should I Do:
Maintain up-to-date anti-virus and anti-Spyware programs on your computer as well as having a firewall. Look for the lock or key icon at the bottom of the browser when entering a site that purports to be secure. Never click on a link within the text of a suspect email. There are also mutual authentication technologies available that allow you to verify that the sender is legitimate and trusted.