Phishing and Identity Theft

The most successful breaches of all time involve this deception

Phishing is simply pretending to be someone you are not in order to trick a victim into revealing information. In business phishing attacks, this often means sending an email that appears to be from someone within the company. For you, it might mean an email that appears to be from your bank or a text that appears to be from the IRS. Phishing attacks are everywhere because they are so successful and, no doubt, you will be targeted.

This course explains what phishing is and how cybercriminals use social engineering–the art of emotional manipulation–to trick victims into revealing passwords and other sensitive information. The course uses lots of examples to teach the student how to recognize the hallmarks of phishing attempts.

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Your students are targets for scammers, hackers and con artists world wide. You can use these manuals to teach them how to look for and avoid some of the most common threats. Read more about  cybercrime on our Connections blog.

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Cybercrime Fighters: Phishing and Identity Theft
If you have email, use social media, or even text on your mobile device, you are a target for phishing. Phishing is an attempt to trick you into divulging personal confidential information a cybercriminal can use to steal money or even your identity. This course will teach you to recognize the hallmark signs of phishing and how to stay safer online.


Phishing and Identity Theft
Current version: January 28, 2019
Translations: English, Spanish
Recommended course length: 1 session
Number of pages: 18 pages


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