Phishing uses fake emails and counterfeit ("spoofed") Web sites from well-known companies like eBay and PayPal to fool consumers into handing over their usernames, passwords, account numbers or other information. Banks and other financial services are the most commonly phished brands, but social networking sites, retailers and email providers are being targeted more and more.

Victims who unwittingly hand over their information to may have their accounts emptied and their credit cards maxed out, or they may fall victim to other forms of identity theft. Some phishy emails can also infect your computer with , , redirectors and other forms of .

  1. Phishing Activity Trends, April 2007, Anti Phishing Working Group