Treasury Department Issues Report on Phishing
The report gives consumers information on how to detect, prevent and mitigate the effects of phishing.The U.S. Treasury Department this week issued a report on "phishing." Recent phishing e-mails have purportedly come from government agencies, legitimate financial-sector firms, Internet auction sites and electronic payment services. "The report gives consumers even more information on how to detect, prevent and mitigate the effects of the identity theft scheme known as phishing, a crime that costs American consumers and businesses billions of dollars every year," said Assistant Treasury Secretary Wayne Abernathy.
The department said companies should keep website certificates up to date and post a telephone number for consumers to call to verify e-mail requests for sensitive information.