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Using social engineering techniques, phishers try to convince recipients of email messages to reveal confidential information. These techniques typically involve a disguised email or a fake website.

Phishing emails are designed to trick people into clicking on a link, or opening an attachment, that could lead to the download of malicious software. This can also lead to the extraction of login credentials.

The emails themselves are also designed to look like official messages from a bank, company, or government. The sender could be a legitimate contact or the recipient could be someone with whom the email is meant to be delivered.

These emails may include a request for the recipient to make a wire transfer or to send money. They may also include an urgent call to action, such as a phone call or an open attachment. The sender may also request that the recipient’s personal information be verified.

These phishing emails may be set up by a hacker or a cybercriminal, who is trying to trick people into revealing confidential information. They may also include a link to a spoof website.

Using a fake website, the attacker will ask the victim to provide personal information such as passwords and bank account numbers. This information could be used to steal bank accounts or to sell personal information to third parties.

Some phishing attacks may also require the recipient to make an urgent call to a particular number or to click on a specific attachment. This can be a dangerous approach, since it can discourage people from contacting a trusted advisor.