Pharming is one of the more difficult types of online fraud to detect. And, the results of pharming can be devastating to your finances and your identity.
How Pharming WorksIn a pharming scam, traffic intended for one website is redirected to a fraudulent online address. You can unknowingly become part of a pharming fraud in one of two ways. First you can be "pharmed" by visiting unfamiliar websites where hackers alter the host files on your computer while you're visiting. You can also be pharmed if a server connected to your computer is compromised and allows your personal online account information to be hacked.
What Pharming Does
Like phishing, pharming is most often used to steal important personal information that can be used later to commit identity theft.
How To Know If You've Been Pharmed
Indications that you may have been a pharming victim include:
How To Avoid Being Pharmed
The following tips can help you protect yourself from pharming: