More about phishing

Alice goes on to explain different kinds of phishing scams other than the email phishing.

Smishing (SMS Phishing)

Phishing conducted via Short Message Service (SMS), a telephone-based text messaging service. A smishing text, for example, attempts to entice a victim into revealing personal information via a link that leads to a phishing website.

An example of SMS Phishing

In the above image, an unknown sender texts you about free deals on iPads and lures you into clicking a malicious link.


Malvertising is malicious advertising that contains active scripts designed to download malware or force unwanted content onto your computer.

An example of malvertisement

In the above image, a malvertisment blends into a genuine website. It encourages you to click on the download button. This can lead you to install a virus or a malware on your computer.

Search Engine Phishing

Some phishing scams involve search engines where the user is directed to products sites which may offer low cost products or services. When the user tries to buy the product by entering the credit card details, the phishing site collects those details. There are many fake bank websites and fake product ads that are used to lure users into clicking a malicious link.

An example of search engine Ad

Many search engines prioritize advertisement links for a search query. Make sure to verify the link before clicking on it so you avoid going to a malicious website as highlighted in the above image.