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Old 09-08-2008, 04:07 PM #1
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What is Phishing?

What is phishing?
Phishing is an attempt to trick you into entering sensitive information (like your password or credit card information) into a website. Once a phisher has access to such information, they could potentially use your account to break the law and even steal from you or other people. Read more about it here at or just google "phishing" for more info.

Real Myspace:

Fake Myspace:

Real PbNation:

Fake PbNation:

The pages above may look the same, but if you look at the address bar you'll notice that the URL of the second screenshot is NOT or PbNation, but a site pretending to be myspace or PbNation. Clicking a link to a phishing site would not have automatically given the person phishing your password, but had you entered your username and password, that information would be forwarded onto the person trying to defraud you and given them full access to your account.

How do I avoid being phished?
Always check the URL at the top of your browser to verify you are on the right website before entering your password. Make sure you vary your passwords from site to site. This way, if your Myspace password gets successfully phished, you won't have given the phisher access to your PbNation, Paypal or Bank accounts.

What do I do if I have already been phished?
1. Act quickly before they do something illegal or against the rules on the site.
2. Reset your password on PbNation by clicking here and entering your email address.
3. Change all accounts (email, Myspace, eBay, bank, paypal, PbNation, etc) that use that specific password to a new and completely different password.
4. Verify your email address listed in your account is correct and current.
5. Look through your sent PM receipts. If you see any that you did not send, PM them and let them know to ignore the previous message. Warn them not to click any links.
6. Look through your recent posts. Delete or edit any you did not make.

How do I report a user phishing or a phishing site?
Just click this link and enter the name of the phisher and the url of the fake website he is using.

Example of a phishing PM
here's a few pictures i have.
as you can see it has no scratches, look brand new
if you like PM me back..
Tony Rieker
PbNation Co-Founder

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