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Be Aware: The Psychology of Phishing Scams

May 23rd, 2012

Alan Wlasuk – We all get unwanted email, referred to as spam, but why so much? Does anyone really fall for these obvious scams? Even as we ask these questions, a small voice inside our heads repeats a common retort, “If spam wasn’t making money for someone, would it continue to be sent?”

Let’s start by defining spam to make sure we are all on the same page:

Spam is the use of electronic messaging systems (including most broadcast and digital media) to
send unsolicited bulk messages indiscriminately.

That’s exactly what we all receive: a lot of unsolicited messages.

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Alan Wlasuk is a managing partner of 403 Web Security, a full service, secure web application development company. A Bell Labs Fellow award-winner with 18+ years of experience building secure web applications, Wlasuk is an expert in web security – from evaluation to web development and remediation.

*Phishing concept image via iStockphoto.com