Pharming is an online attack that directs people from a trusted website to another site that’s owned by a fraudster. The fake site creates a way for fraudsters to steal important information that could help them access your finances.
Thankfully there are some simple ways to protect yourself from pharming. Take a look at our guide on how to a spot and avoid pharming attacks.
How do fraudsters do it?
- The first involves an initial Phishing scam. A fraudster will contact the victim via email, pretending to be a well-known organisation, and ask them to click a malicious link. If the link is clicked, it will install a virus on the user’s computer that diverts users to the fake website.
- The second method involves the criminal targeting a legitimate website with a virus. When a user enters that website address into the search bar, the virus will take them to the fake website.