'Phishing' is a term that refers to the on-line imitation of a company's branding in spoofed e-mail messages and web sites, created with the intent of fooling unsuspecting users into divulging personal information such as passwords, credit card numbers, PINs, etc. A typical "phish" e-mail will appear to come from a financial institution (such as a bank or credit card company), informing the recipient that some type of problem has affected his account and directing him to follow a provided hyperlink to clear up the problem. The hyperlink leads not to a legimate site, however, but to a server (usually in another country) on which an imitation web site has been set up. The fooled customer is then prompted to enter confidential personal information (collected by the scammers for perpetrating) identify theft and (usually) redirected to a legitimate web site to obscure the fact that he just gave away data to crooks.
E-mailed notification purports to offer upgrades for Adobe Reader software.
Dun & Bradstreet
E-mailed notification about customer complaints from Dun & Bradstreet.
E-mail claims auction site eBay is sending out suspension notices via e-mail and asking customers to verify their account information.
E-mail claims auction site eBay is sending out notices requesting that users update their account information.
Notice from Intuit on behalf of the IRS indicating a mismatched Employer Identification Number.
Software order confirmation from Intuit.
E-mail pretends to be the IRS sending out e-mails directing taxpayers to a web form to use to claim tax refunds or stimulus payments.
E-mail pretends to be IRS notification indicating the recipient has unreported or underreported income.
E-mail from the IRS offers $80 to recipients who complete "member satisfaction surveys."
Notice from the IRS indicating the recipient is being penalized $10,000 for failure to file an income tax return.
iTunes Gift Certificate
E-mail notification from iTunes offers a free $50 gift certificate.
NACHA — ACH Transfer Rejected
E-mailed notification of failed transfer from NACHA.