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Phishing refers to electronic bait put out by criminals to catch financial information and carry out fraud by using your computer passwords.
Within seconds of pressing that enter key, a message written by the hackers but under my name went out to everyone in the computerised address book attached to my email account.
The same email and text was sent out in my name to nearly 1,000 people all over the world.
'I am in a critical situation in Madrid' the emails said, 'all my money got stolen in the hotel where I lodged due to a robbery incident - I want you to help me with a loan of 1,500 pounds'.
Finally on Monday, three days later, smooth-sounding Jessica from 'the Yahoo concierge service' called to help me get back into my account and reassure me that Yahoo took such violations very seriously.
I panicked, distracted by all the activity around me, worried I would lose all the precious material in my emails. I filled in all the boxes, including my password, and pressed the enter key.The first call came from an MP whose name begins with 'A' and was top of my address list.