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Phishing - a common way of receiving personal information
Phishing has been around for decades, it's one of the common methods used by scammers - and it works.  How it generally works is that scammers will create a fake page from a website where you enter credentials - usually log in information.  I will use my own experience as an example.  When I first started using Steam, I was naive.  I didn't know there were scammers that would try to take your shit.  So, when I got a friend request and added the "person" (a bot), they immediately sent me a link saying "free CSGO knife!"

After clicking the link, it took me to what looked like a legitimate Steam log in page.  I entered my info, logged in, and immediately lost all my stuff.  The page I was sent to was a fake Steam page.  Once I entered my login info, the scammers had it and took everything.  Knowing if a log in page is legitimate or not is mostly easy, however, there's so many websites out there and some can be set up in a unique way.

One way is to check the address bar for a lock (this may vary per browser).  The lock verifies the site is secure.

Here is a screenshot: [Image: c881aa36a422f83f67ddd381077a5f11.png]

Another way is simply looking at the URL.  As I covered in another topic, scammers love to buy URLs that are similar to a legitimate site, such as stearncommunity (steamcommunity).  If a url has even a small misspelling, you're on the wrong site.

If you ever get linked to a website that asks you to log in, please take the time to review the URL, verify from the person who sent you the link, and, if you feel unsure at all, go with your gut and don't click it.

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