Phishing is a new type of identity theft that occurs online. Phishers send emails that appear to come from reputable sources, such as financial institutions or credit card companies. They tell you to click on an icon or link to be directed to the institution’s website.
The phony webpage or pop-up window directs you to type in personal information, such as your account number, password or Social Security number. If you provide this information, it goes directly to the crooks—not to the company with whom you transact business.