Email “phishing” scams are down in number but apparently up in effectiveness, according to this article.
Phishing emails, posing as a message from a reputable company or organization, attempt to lure you to click through to a legitimate looking Website. Once on the site, you may be asked to complete a form requesting personal and financial information. In addition, serious malware may be downloaded to your computer by the mere act of going to the malicious Website. Just the act of clicking on the link in the email may set you up for all kinds of troubles.
It’s a little bit long, but if you’re concerned about your privacy and security, this article is worth a read.