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    How good are you at spotting phishing scams?

    Here's a ten question test to show that it's not quite as easy as you think...

    John

    PS The full article which contains the above link is here.

    PPS <small><small><small>I got them all correct. Honest!</small></small></small>
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    Re: How good are you at spotting phishing scams?

    80% for me...
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    Re: How good are you at spotting phishing scams?

    I got 100%, but I'll admit that I outright guessed on one.

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    Re: How good are you at spotting phishing scams?

    What's interesting is that this is only a visual test. I don't want to spoil this thread by saying too much, but I always go to a particular site by opening my browser and typing in the URL myself. You can't be too careful!
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    Re: How good are you at spotting phishing scams?

    I just said that they were ALL scams. 70 %
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    Re: How good are you at spotting phishing scams?

    I managed 80% - <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow>I missed the last two Pay Pal examples, boo hiss</font color=yellow></span hi> <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: How good are you at spotting phishing scams?

    This is way too cool, I received two today and was just about to post it as a warning, and then I saw this thread. Take a look at the one I received today (got the same message twice). It fooled the heck out of me at first, until I looked at the source info.

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    Re: How good are you at spotting phishing scams?

    Here is the source screen capture, I cannot remember if there is a way to post two attachments in the same post, so here goes the second.

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    Re: How good are you at spotting phishing scams?

    And here is the actual address from the link in the email,

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    Re: How good are you at spotting phishing scams?

    Mike

    Well spotted! I rather like the address service.paypal.<big>CON</big> !

    Another reason to avoid PayPal (apart from all the others, that is...)

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    Re: How good are you at spotting phishing scams?

    80% for me too. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>

    That means 20% of the time I'd make a mistake if I bothered reading these things. Like Bob and Mark, I never touch commercial links in e-mails. These day, I can't think of a good reason why one would do something so foolish. Unless of course, they enjoy grief and trouble. Then it's not foolish.... it's entertainment !! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: How good are you at spotting phishing scams?

    IMO people are lonely. I see no other explanation of why so many people feel compelled to read everything everyone sends them whether they know the person or not. They must be desperate for someone to talk to. That's all I can think of anyway. Personally I like being alone, much of the time. Peace & quiet gives me time to think. But then that's another observation I've made-most people don't like to think.

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    Re: How good are you at spotting phishing scams?

    I think it's also that people are afraid that they'll miss something. Before answer machines, everyone ran to answer a telephone (at least in the U.S.), lest they miss that "important" call. This is kind of the same thing, like a lottery...but with much worse odds. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: How good are you at spotting phishing scams?

    Could be. For me, it boils down to the same thing-but then I'm happy with what I have, love my wife, etc.

    I've never understood why people have extra-marital affairs. If they're happy at home then why risk it? If they aren't happy at home then why don't they split up? I think it must be what you're talking about-to me it's just greed. What I have might not be the best that's possible, but it's good enough for me. If I'm happy with what I have then I'm not going to worry about 'missing out' on something, better or not. Good enough is good enough for me. (Jeez-I'm making a hash out of explaining this.)

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    Re: How good are you at spotting phishing scams?

    I think you're describing something quite different, perhaps a topic for the Scuttlebutt board. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> Most of these phishing scams are made up to appear to come from banks or eBay or PayPal, etc., designed to scare people into thinking they need to act immediately on something critical to them: their money.

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