If you believe you’ve received a phishing email, do not respond, download any attachments, or click any links within the email. You can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) online or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters consumer complaints into the Consumer Sentinel Network, a secure online database and investigative tool used by hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.
Identity theft protection
The best way to prevent phishing is to have some kind of personal security device separate from your PC that is part of the login. This might be a smart card or one-time password (OTP) USB token that generates a unique secret number that makes every login unique. This is very effective protection because even if someone steals your username and password by phishing, using a malware Trojan or keyboard logger, they still cannot access your online accounts and pretend to be you without having the smart card or OTP token.
Phishing is a scam conducted by cyber criminals, or hackers, to steal your online username and password, as well as "shared secrets" such as your pet's name. Often phishing is a two-part attack involving an e-mail containing a link to a fake website. The e-mail is sent to a wide audience and is designed to look like urgent communication from someone you trust, such as a security alert from your bank. The fake website is designed to look like the website of the bank named in the e-mail, but is controlled by the hacker.
All this Internet openness has made it much easier for people to be preyed upon by con artists who specialize in affinity fraud, using someone’s connection to certain groups to gain their trust and ultimately their life savings.
Yes, your SIM card has a serial number and it is different from your IMEI. You can normally find your SIM serial number (SSN) on the side of the card. The SSN typically has 19 digits and contains specific details about your operator, your location, and when it was made. The SSN is sometimes called the ICC-ID (Integrated Circuit Card ID).