When we are using our computers be it cell phones (the internet), notebooks, laptops, or desktops; everyone has an e-mail address (i.e., those who have computers or cell phones with internet. When we took that step into the cyber world we also took a step into, "phishing," a form of online identity theft as Anthony Minnaar 2008, put it. We have all received e-mails at least those of us who have access or have computers; or some type of greeting which has made it tempting to click on a link? Well didn't it?
If you clicked on this link that shows up in your e- mail, this would enable scammers to lock unto your e-mail and pull you into their counterfeit website; once on their site it will setup in a way where you will end up giving pertinent information about yourself (e.g., User ID, password, and credit card number), as stated by Anthony Minnaar 2008.
In conclusion, I would like to say that we are also susceptible to cyber scam artist taking over control of your computer. Be careful of what you copy, paste, and download.
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