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E-mail vulnerable to identity theft scams

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If you’ve ever received an unsolicited e-mail that appeared to be from Citibank or PayPal and that asked you to update or verify an account, you’ve been targeted by the growing wave of “phishing” scams that transform spam from a minor annoyance into outright fraud.

Phishing occurs when fraudsters try to trick people into giving them personal financial data, such as credit card numbers, bank account information, passwords or Social Security numbers.