Phishing is the act of attempting to obtain someone's personal information using misleading information. It is common for fraudsters to email people and trick them into providing information such as their username, password to a website, their banking information, their social security numbers, etc.
Phishing e-mail messages take a number of forms:
- They might appear to come from your bank or financial institution, or a company you regularly do business with, which includes HomeAway.co.uk so please take precaution when you receive an email that asks for your password or the answers to your security questions.
-They might appear to be from someone you know. Spear phishing is a targeted form of phishing in which an email message might look like it comes from your employer, or from a colleague who might send an email message to everyone in the company.
-They might ask you to make a phone call. Phone phishing scams direct you to call a customer support phone number. A person or an audio response unit waits to take your account number, personal identification number, password, or other valuable personal data. The phone phisher might claim that your account will be closed or other problems could occur if you don't respond.
-They might include official-looking logos and other identifying information taken directly from legitimate websites, and they might include convincing details about your personal information that can be found online.
-They might include links to spoofed websites where you are asked to enter personal information.
If you think you have received a phishing attempt, do not respond or give them your personal information.
HomeAway Security Centre