What is phishing?

What is phishing?

Phishing is the attempt to steal sensitive data through tricking a person

Did you fall for a Phishing attack?

Don’t panic – it can happen to anyone. Depending on the information revealed, you have some options:

  • Get in touch with your bank and block your credit card or any transactions on your account
  • Contact the company or institution from which the phishing mail claims to be sent
  • Change all passwords that might have been stolen. If, for example, your email password has been phished, try to think which other passwords the phisher could discover with access to your email
  • Observe the actions on all your online accounts, such as Amazon, Facebook, etc, and report any suspicious events
  • Make sure your anti-virus program is up to date and initiate a virus scan on your computer

What is phishing?

Phishing starts with an email

Phishers fish for information of value. Through fake emails, they try to fool you into revealing your passwords or credit card data or downloading a computer virus.

A phishing mail may submit a tempting offer or demand immediate action to make you fill in a fake form click the link to a fake website open a malicious attachment.

Phishing is the attempt to steal sensitive data through tricking a person into revealing passwords or credit card data, or downloading a computer virus. It is a double loss, as the victim loses both their data and money.

The term ‘phishing’ comes from the word ‘fishing’. In contrast to fishers, phishers are not fishing for fish.

See this? vs Do This:


Be suspicious of emails requiring “immediate” action

Dear Customer…

Don’t trust emails with general addresses

Click Me

Is there a link? Hover your mouse and discover its true destination

send your password

Never answer email requests for passwords, pin codes, etc.


Only open email attachments sent by addresses you trust.


Be suspicious of any email with grammar or spelling mistakes.

friend@ fake.com

Don’t trust emails that come from someone you know but from an unusual email address.

Test your anti-phishing skills

Test your anti-phishing-skills with the phishing quiz from ‘eBanking – but secure!’


Have you detected a phishing mail or website?

Help make the internet a safer place and report the address to: