Fishing of course is the sport of tossing a tasty wormy baited hook connected to a fishing line and patiently waiting for a fish to take the bait.\n\nPhishing is the sport of tossing a wormy baited tasty lie connected to a wormy human and the degenerate patiently waits for a na\u010fve victim to take the bait.\n\nA phisher can send thousands of phish emails a day and eventually someone will get hooked.\n\nPhishing is a $9 billion business. Unlike the ongoing depleting of the ocean\u2019s fisheries, there are PLENTY of people out there to phish. Many of them today are from developing nations like India and China who are just getting a broadband connection to the internet and are considered fresh meat to the bad guy.\n\nThe New York Times reports \u201cif you get an Internet appeal from Gen. Ray Odierno, the senior American commander in Iraq, asking you to pay lots of money to get your son or daughter out of combat duty, don\u2019t believe it. And certainly don\u2019t send the $200,000. General Odierno acknowledged that he is but one more victim of a social networking scheme offering a big \u2014 but fake \u2014 benefit, if you send big amounts of real money.\u201d\n\n\u201cI\u2019ve had several scam artists on Facebook use my Facebook page and then go out asking people for all kinds of money: \u2018If you pay $200,000, your son can get sent home early,\u2019\u201d General Odierno said at a Pentagon news conference.\n\nCriminals may seek out military families and target them one by one or send a blast to thousands at a time and use a ruse that pulls at the heart strings of unsuspecting families who simply want their loved-one back home.\n\nThe General posted a large warning on his social networking site. \u201cI have this big thing on my Facebook that says, \u201cIf anybody asks you for money in my name, don\u2019t believe it,\u201d he said. \u201cBut it\u2019s a problem.\u201d\n\nFrankly, I don\u2019t like the idea of an American General having a Facebook page. It weird\u2019s me out. Hopefully the high commander isn\u2019t uploading pictures of himself doing shots of tequila while driving a tank.\n\nMy guess is there is someone out there who has the money and is probably acutely unaware of this type of scam, then is probably capable of getting hooked. But more than likely nobody will cough up $200,000. But the scammers know to start high and they will go low. They will take a $1000.00 when it comes down to it. But they also know that people won\u2019t argue with a General and nobody will \u201cdiscount\u201d the value of their loved-ones life. So overall it\u2019s a pretty good scam. Just don\u2019t take the bait.\n\nRobert Siciliano personal security expert to ADT Home Security Source discussing Facebook scams on CNN. Disclosures.