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What is “phishing”?

Phishing is the act of sending an email that falsely claims to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft.

The email directs the user to visit a website where they are asked to update personal information, such as passwords and credit card, social security, and account numbers that the legitimate organization already has. The website, however, is bogus and set up only to steal the user’s information. Northland does not request this type of information through email.

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