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Protect yourself from "phishing" and "spoofing"

"Phishing" and "spoofing" are terms used to describe attempts by fraudsters to pose as a legitimate company or individual to steal someone's personal information, user names, passwords, or other account information.

How fraudsters try to steal information

  • They create fake websites to pose as legitimate companies and individuals and send emails that look identical to the real thing: When viewing fraudulent websites/emails, it can be hard to tell you're not interacting with trusted companies and individuals.
  • They try to trick you into providing personal information: With their fake websites and emails, fraudsters attempt to get you to disclose your personal information, user name and/or passwords.

Do you think you've been phished or spoofed?

If you believe you were on the receiving end of a phishing or spoofing attack:

Protecting yourself online

  • Visit the Yahoo Security Center to learn about the ways to protect yourself while online.
  • Use a Yahoo sign-in seal: After creating a sign-in seal, Yahoo sign-in pages will display a custom emblem letting you know that you're on a legitimate Yahoo site.
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Last updated: June 19, 2014