By now it's no surprise that there are scams on the Internet. Everything from magical pills to offers of instant wealth fill e-mail inboxes. But every scam might not be obvious at first glance.
Phishing is the act of illegally obtaining personal information through e-mails that appear to be real. These e-mails might contain an official logo or an image from the company's Web site. But in reality it is a phony e-mail from a hacker who is interested in "catching" personal information (hence the term phishing!).