State Laws Addressing "Phishing"
Phishing is a scam where fraudsters send spam or text messages or create deceptive websites to lure personal or financial information from unsuspecting victims. The messages or websites often appear to be from well-known or seemingly trustworthy entities, but instead collect information for fraudulent purposes. Twenty-three states and Guam have laws specifically aimed at phishing schemes. Other states have laws that address computer crime, fraudulent or deceptive practices or identity theft, which could also apply to phishing crimes.
See also State Spyware Laws and Computer Crime Statutes.
For practical tips from the federal government and private industry to help guard against Internet fraud, see OnGuardOnline.gov's information about phishing.