Online Swindlers, Called ‘Phishers,’ Are Luring Unwary

Online scams are increasing. I’ve received, emails about PayPal, eBay and others – all scams. Don’t click. Think.
The NY Tims is reporting that Last year, EarthLink, the big Internet access provider, went hunting for phishers.
It started a campaign to track down people who were sending e-mail messages that pretended to be from EarthLink but were actually fraudulent attempts to steal customers’ passwords, credit card numbers and other information. What it found was that of the dozen or so people it could clearly identify as engaged in the practice known as phishing, more than half were under 18. (full story)

Lisa Cook of Brookline, N.H., was taken in, but notified card issuers quickly and avoided losses.