One of the fastest-growing scams is phishing in which bogus emails attempt to trick people in providing account passwords and other personal information. One study quoted by the article found phishing attacks were up 28 percent in the year ending May 2005.
Online Security Tips
This page at ING Direct offers some good security tips to avoid being tricked by online fraud like phishing. One simple tip is to ensure the spelling of the domain name is right. In phishing emails, the domain you see in the email is likely different to where it'll take you. A good practice is to avoid clicking on any links in emails. Also, before logging into a site, make sure the padlock icon on the bottom of the browser is shown to be locked. By clicking on this lock, a popup from your browser should appear to verify the identity of the website.