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Take a look at this phishing IQ test, and see how well you do against a sample of ten real emails...

(I got one wrong because I was too suspicious!)

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cobrabay
Dec. 31st, 2004 07:29 am (UTC)
I got 9 out of 10 too
I was suspicious of one which turned out to be legit. Of course it is much harder to spot the real from fake when you can't see the headers, and you can't see URLs the links are pointing to.
Anyway, wanna buy a Rolex?
del_c
Dec. 31st, 2004 08:04 am (UTC)
Re: I got 9 out of 10 too
[doubletakes on the user name]

Hey, I thought you didn't do LJ!?
cobrabay
Dec. 31st, 2004 08:35 am (UTC)
Re: I got 9 out of 10 too
I got an account when the redemption_con community was set up.
dmw
Dec. 31st, 2004 08:20 am (UTC)
Re: I got 9 out of 10 too
Me too; also, knowing I am not a [[bank name here]] customer helps...
del_c
Dec. 31st, 2004 08:02 am (UTC)

I got a rather clever phishing telephone message on my answering machine the other day, for all the world like a nervous young man who isn't comfortable talking to answering machines, saying he's been trying to contact someone in my household who entered a contest, to tell them they've won a big prize.

The only thing that let it down (apart from "you've won a big prize", which is the natural giveaway these days) was the preceding lady saying "you have -one- message in your voicemail box". Why did they do that? My answering machine doesn't say that, and nor would anyone else's.
alexmc
Dec. 31st, 2004 08:35 am (UTC)
I got an SMS delivered to my land line the other day. BT had kindly converted it to computer generated voice and left it on my answerphone.

It was a wrong number :-)
red_cloud
Dec. 31st, 2004 08:41 am (UTC)
8 out of 10. Too suspicious by half (or is that twice as suspicious?)
neilf
Dec. 31st, 2004 10:31 am (UTC)
Only 4 out of 10
But then as I don't deal with a lot of the companies mentioned, I would automatically bin the email if it was in my inbox. :)

- Neil.
vicarage
Jan. 1st, 2005 08:04 am (UTC)
8/10. I saw nothing wrong with the messages from ebay and Paypal.

pickledginger
Jan. 3rd, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
I knew those two were wrong, but I was mistaken about the MSN.

Mostly, there just wasn't enough info to judge - even less than one has in real life, as it wasn't possible to check the full headers.

I wasn't terribly impressed with some of the site's advice on how to detect a phishing expedition, either - they went on about how a real email would have permitted a response, and would have had a phone number at which the sending institution could be contacted. Um, no, in many cases, not.

On the other hand, I just don't use "click here" boxes in email, as I don't really trust email from much of anybody.

If I receive an email claiming that I need to update something on an account, I make a note of it. Then, later, after I've closed the browser, cleared the temporary Internet files, and rebooted the computer, I go to the site directly.

vicarage
Jan. 3rd, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)
Very sensible and cautious. I only wish I could be that organised, but the impulse is always to sort it now.
pickledginger
Jan. 3rd, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's so much a matter of organization as motivation; I've known a couple of people who've really been burned, and it would be so easy ...
pickledginger
Jan. 3rd, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
... and after seeing it happen to them, I'd feel such an idiot ...
pickledginger
Jan. 3rd, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC)
Lovely new poker icon you've got there!

;-)
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