What is Password Phishing?

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Password phishing is a procedure that involves trying to obtain an individual's password through fraudulent means. Password phishing is used in a variety of contexts, from trying to obtain a password of an e-mail account to obtaining the password of an eBay account. In most cases, the scam artist uses an unsolicited e-mail that appears to be from an official source to obtain the password. In order to protect oneself from this type of scam, individuals should be very careful who they deal with online and make sure to enter passwords only into the actual website where it belongs.

Password phishing is a type of fraud that involves trying to obtain a password from an unsuspecting individual. The scam artist hopes to obtain the password and then be able to access the account. Once the account is breached, the scam artist can use it as if it were his.

This type of scam is used frequently all over the Internet. Many times, this scam will be used to obtain passwords of e-mail accounts. Once the e-mail accounts are accessed, these individuals can use the accounts to send out mass e-mails to lists of people. This type of scam is also used with bank accounts, online merchant accounts, and other accounts such as an eBay account.


EBay password phishing is one of the most common types of scams on the Internet. This type of scam involves an individual trying to obtain the password to an account so he or she can sell fraudulent items through the account. The scam artist tries to target accounts with good feedback so buyers will not question the purchases.

In most cases, this scam is completed by creating a website that looks exactly like the website of another company. The scam artist will send an e-mail to the unsuspecting individuals that tells them to log in to their account to settle some type of issue. A link will be provided in the e-mail and the unsuspecting individual will click on it. The individual will be taken to the fake website and then enter the login information. At that point, the scam artist has full access to the account.

In order to avoid this problem, individuals should be very careful who they give their information to. Instead of clicking on a link in an e-mail, an individual should physically type the address into the address bar. By doing this, fraudulent websites can be avoided.


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