Did I get caught Phishing?

Question

Got an phishing e-mail from Amazon.com. regarding update. Read your information on this on-line, but here is the question:

I clicked on the link in the e-mail and began filling in the information. When it came to my ATM number, I stopped, closed the e-mail, tried to delete it (which it wouldn't do), and went to the Amazon site. I reported it as they instructed and did the update that was "required". The question is: Since I didn't send the response to the phishing site and stopped filling out the "update". I am still in jeopardy? By the mere clicking on the link, can the bogus site access my information that is stored on my computer? In my Amazon account? At my bank? I didn't send any information, but just by the mere fact I started filling out the "update", is there a problem?

thanks...darlene

Answer

This question was answered on April 16, 2006. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

It's hard to say for sure if your information got in the wrong hands but if I were a betting person, I would say no If you didn't submit, they likely didn't get any information If the "update" required you to download a program, you may have spyware on your computer If all the update consisted of is a form that you filled out and clicked submit, you're likely in no danger There are a couple of things you may want to do right away, one is contact your bank just to be safe Another thing you should do is visit http://www.antiphishing.org/ and fill out their form advising them of the email you received They keep track of this sort of thing and offer great advice on what do to do if you did get scammed The best advice I can offer is a bank, EBAY, Amazon, AOL or any other company is never going to email you to ask you for personal information, so if you get an email asking you till fill out a form with credit card information or your user name and password, the delete key is your new best friend

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Posted by Aaron of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on April 16, 2006