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Can you spot a phishing email?

Google has created a quiz designed to teach internet users how to identify phishing emails created to trick users into giving up personal information or downloading viruses to their devices.

Created by Google subsidiary Jigsaw, the eight-question quiz shows users a range of different email scenarios and asks people to identify if the message is real or an attempt at phishing.

The term refers to hackers attempting to get hold of valuable personal information by disguising themselves as trustworthy entities in communications.

“Identifying phishing can be harder than you think. Phishing is an attempt to trick you into giving up your personal information by pretending to be someone you know. Can you tell what’s fake?” the message on the quiz home page says.

The quiz walks users through different methods used to try and trick recipients into clicking malicious links, including URL and email addresses that look similar to those of real services, and encourages users to be “especially cautious” if user’s do not know the sender.

After answering each question, the website shows users a range of tips on how to spot fake or malicious emails.

Phishing scams are one of the most common forms of cyber attack, often sent out in large waves by hackers hopeful of tricking users into clicking a link to a fake website, often where they are prompted to enter personal information such as passwords and financial details, which are then gathered by the hackers.

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Iandc66
11th Feb 2019
0
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I double check on links by checking the web site on a different computer.
JaneL59
10th Feb 2019
0
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I'm only referring to my work emails.
Carolineblue
4th Feb 2019
0
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I scored 6 out of 10 because I chose 'Phishing attempt' all the way through. One legit I did think possibly was ok , but I'm so anti 'click' on stuff I'm not expecting that I don't trust much! I also don't click on stuff on emails from known people if I'm not expecting them to email. Actually the hacked email addresses of known friends also do not have a greeting that is normal so that's a giveaway immediately. But I confess I know very little about the tips that the quiz gave out , such as hovering the mouse over things to reveal more info. I have learnt something!
Thank you so much for putting this quiz out there!
Tarka2
31st Jan 2019
0
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Never click a link or open a file that you was not expecting, don't know the source or makes requests totally out of the blue.. Currently I'm being bombarded with threats regarding the none payment of my TV licence, I know this is untrue and simply delete. If my bank had failed to honour a standing order or direct debit then they can sort it not me.. Most of the prize give a ways on Facebook are fake, who gives 10 campervans away at £60,000 a piece, £40 Morrisons vouchers for sharing a post, Morrisons would be out of business before the week was out. You can always check Snopes if in doubt.. Stay safe.
Marley444
29th Jan 2019
1
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Interesting - I like the way this quiz was designed - at first I was concerned that Google were phishing for my email and then realised I could make up a fake one. Thank you for sharing this Silversurfers.
MrsPat
29th Jan 2019
1
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Phishing? I was not sure what this is. I am careful but there are the occasion dodgy emails I seem to get. Many from my ex husband
Irene88
28th Jan 2019
3
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If you aren't sure what scams are around and there are thousands promising you love, riches, investments etc. Most are from overseas so it's difficult for the police to take action. Advise you all to read Action Fraud website it has lots of information.
https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Your bank will never ask for your details.
they will never ask you to transfer money.
Decent tradesmen will never ask for money up front.

If they want to repair something - e.g gutter, roof tiles etc it is probably a scam.
With modern technology it's easy to make an id badge. reputable companies won't mind you checking with their head office.

Police will always have a warrant card.
Suze q
28th Jan 2019
3
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Have had a few of these emails also phone calls saying they are going to cut my Internet connection unless I upgraded I can block these calls but also reported them and took their number have to be one step ahead all the time
johnjoemac
26th Jan 2019
2
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I see phishing emails regularly supposed to be from paypal, ebay and most recently the TV licence site. When I contacted the TV licence people about the email I got a response from them which suggests they don't know what a phishing email is. I replied again advising them I was giving them information but I've not heard back.
Wilf
25th Jan 2019
2
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Would not have a clue!
ChrisS628
25th Jan 2019
2
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Would like to think I could....
deliciousoldfart
25th Jan 2019
2
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Phishing is not a problem but I do have a company that keeps phoning me on the home phone number, but the number is unattainable so I can't block it.
Irene88
28th Jan 2019
2
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Report it to your telephine company. If you have caller display you would see number not available and just ignore it.
deliciousoldfart
29th Jan 2019
1
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Thanks for taking the time to answer Irene. Unfortunately, sometimes they ring before 8.00 am and wakes the house up (I've been up since 6.30). Also, I'm with Virgin Telecomms and if you have ever had to phone Virgin and ask for help you would cringe.
Best regards
Irene88
30th Jan 2019
0
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I don't think any phone company is that helpful from arguments I've had with them. Perhaps we should try ofcom. According to the policeman who spoke to our group 70% of calls are based abroad and this makes a problem of stopping and prosecuting.We just have to refuse to give any information to anyone and just either take phone of the hook or just hangup on them.
deliciousoldfart
30th Jan 2019
0
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You would think Global technology would produce an item to combat intrusions. they would make a fortune selling them.
All the best.
Carolineblue
4th Feb 2019
0
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I recommend a BT product called 'Call Guardian' I bought it off the internet after searching for an incoming telephone call blocking device. There is such a thing: its a big red button like on these TV quiz shows, but I didn't buy that as I wasn't sure it would work with my telephone. I trust the BT Call Guardian phone and it has proved very worthwhile. I have no nuisance calls as thousands of known scam numbers already are blocked, plus the recorded message that all incoming callers have to listen to, which asked the caller to say who they are, probably discourages others. Plus I can instantly block any call number that does come through and I don't want to proceed with. This would help with someone's pesky ex problem!
viking
25th Jan 2019
3
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Latest scam [to-day].......we just want to update your TV licencing details.
Watch out !!
jason49mac
25th Jan 2019
3
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Mostly would be my answer.
BUT! As I always roll the mouse over any "Urls, links, etc" to see the location, I usually spot them all.
Also I use Mozilla Thunderbird for my email accounts, which can preview emails and report suspicious and automatically move to "junk"
99% of spotting Phishing or Spoofing is common sense.
If you do not know or recognise the sender, then do not open/reply.
I always taught my family:
"Would you open your wallet for a complete stranger in the street?"
Of course not, then do the same with emails.
Remember it may be worth spending a few £££ to have an application on PC/Phone/tablet from a KNOWN security company.
I use Kaspersky on top of Mozilla
jason49mac
25th Jan 2019
2
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I forgot to add. Would you really trust Google/Facebook/Twitter, etc., to provide you with honest safety instructions??
Bald123
25th Jan 2019
2
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Sometimes is the answer and I am careful about dodgy looking emails. I did have one once from my bank which was a scam but just deleted it and never heard anything more.

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