Phishing is the attempt to represent one’s self – typically via email – as someone or some organization that you are not, for the purposes of maliciously acquiring sensitive information.
The most common examples of phishing emails are carefully crafted to appear as if they had come from a banking institution, directing the recipient to a web site which itself looks very much like the bank’s official website.
Some very poor yet surprisingly successful phishing attempts don’t use web sites at all, but simply portray themselves as a major online service in email. At some point, your email address made it onto a list of email addresses used by a spammer.
The email requests that the recipient reply with account information, often including username and password, for some made-up yet important-sounding reason.phishing attempts, ads for body-enhancement drugs, weight loss products, and, yes, porn. That list may have been sold to another spammer, and sold to another, and another and another, until your email address might be on several spammers’ lists. It’s more related to how visible your email address has been, and whether or not you’ve responded (accidentally or otherwise) to spam in the past by clicking on a link or replying.
More on that in a moment.) The same is true for porn sites, or for any other website, for that matter. Some may even send what you’d consider to be porn spam.When you visit a website, the site gets a certain amount of information about you, but your email address is not part of it. For example, you might sign up for my newsletter, and I’ll send it to you once a week.You don’t provide your email address to view what’s on the site. I’m sure the porn industry has similar products – newsletters, subscription sites, discussion forums – requiring an email address to gain access.It’s not a good feeling to have been taken advantage of, and a scheme that’s so obvious in hindsight is even harder to admit to. If you date online, take precautions to protect yourself.Here are six things to keep in mind to help you spot and avoid scammers on online dating sites.