Financial Quotient

What is phishing?

Phishing is a way of obtaining sensitive personal information such as your bank account details, personal identification number (PIN), password, credit card numbers and so on, in order to perform unauthorised banking transactions.

The trick phishing scammers usually pull is to send e-mails, instant online messages or even text messages, falsely claiming to be a bank or other reputable organisation.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 13, 2019, with the headline 'What is phishing?'. Print Edition | Subscribe