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Phishing emails and websites are not new and they are on the increase not decline.

Most people are wise enough to spot the "poorly" done fakes but just how wise are you?

Take this online test which you get to examine 10 potential emails and decide whether they are fake or not. At the end of the test you can click on the links next to each the answers to learn what makes it legitimate or not.

*Online Test* (http://www.sonicwall.com/furl/phishing/?ClickID=cfesip7l7ffe74kvkwxfi4ep7kziilen4nza)

Please post your result.

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Darn - Two that I tagged as phishing claim to be legitimate.... But then my bank(s) do not have my email address, so I automatically bin them as spam.

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6 out of 10

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I got the first one wrong but the rest right :razz:

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1 Paypal Legitimate Phishing incorrect.gifWhy? 2 Wells Fargo Legitimate Legitimate correct.gifWhy? 3 IRS Phishing Phishing correct.gifWhy? 4 Bank of America Phishing Phishing correct.gifWhy? 5 Bank of Choice Legitimate Legitimate correct.gifWhy? 6 Cayman National Phishing Phishing correct.gifWhy? 7 Chase Legitimate Legitimate correct.gifWhy? 8 UPS Legitimate Phishing incorrect.gifWhy? 9 Paypal Phishing Phishing correct.gifWhy? 10 FDIC Phishing Phishing correct.gifWhy? You got 8 out of 10 correct.

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You got 8 out of 10 correct.

 

Happy with that because the two that I failed on were American based.

 

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I usually assume these things are phishing if they want you to log in to your account.

 

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Yorkshire Bank Moneyclaim issued 21/6/06 £4,489.39 full settlement received 26 January 2007

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This is intended to bring home the fact that emails that look legit could be phishing for your money.

 

 

There is no legitimate institution that sends out emails with links directly to your account with them and they definitely never ever ask you to enter a password or pin.

 

 

In the early days of phishing an email from Lloyds bank had a link in it, when you clicked on that link there was Lloyds bank, perfect and obviously copied from the original. After all the details had been entered ie name, address, date of birth, account number and password and pin, it then said one of the entries was wrong and the page came up again.

What the sc@m was is the first page was false but the second page really was the bank so there was no suspicion raised at all that you had not put your utmost secrets into a phishing page.

 

 

I'm not with Lloyds, but I remember filling it in with the most disgusting words I could think up and then clicking submit.

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Something else that you can do with to check the emails is the actual email address link and any links it wants you to click by simply using NOTEPAD

 

How to do it:

 

1. Open Notepad

2. On the Email - highlight the email address then right click and copy link - Then paste link into Notepad (if it changes from original link its SPAM GET RID)

3. On links contained in Emails do as above.

 

Doing it this way you are NOT opening any links but copying and pasting them in Notepad but please remember this isnt foolproof

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9 out of 10

Ups one caught me

 

But I have written better ones than that myself (old uni assignment)

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