What's a "phishing" scam? It's a nasty practice where thieves try to find out all sorts of lucrative personal information from you: checking account numbers, credit card numbers, or that holy grail among scammers, your social security number. They use these numbers to steal, and stick you with the bill. Guess what happens to your credit rating! And it can take years to clear up the mess.
Phishers send you emails that resemble real companies. There was an earlier blog post about bogus greeting card emails in which emails that appeared to come from American Greetings or Hallmark could contain viruses. Same principle here: the scammers appear legit in order to do something nasty.
Carnegie Mellon University's Usable and Privacy Security Laboratory have created a fun, information-packed video game called Antiphishing Phil. This little game will teach you a great deal about how phishing scams work so you can avoid them.