How well can you detect email and website fraud?

This is a quiz to test if you can accurately detect a fraudulent Web site or email. There are many fake login sites and emails with a virus disguised as an important message. This quiz is designed with examples of fake sites and real ones to show you what to look for and keep you from falling victim to scams. Unfortunately, there are new online scams created everyday, prepare yourself as best you can and pick up some of these tricks currently in practice.

Following are a couple of terms and definitions to familiarize yourself with:

In computing, phishing is an attempt to criminally and fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. An example of a phishing e-mail, one that’s disguised as an official e-mail from a fictional bank asking you to join or more often pretending to be from a real bank and asking for your information. The sender is attempting to trick the recipient into revealing their secure information by “confirming” it at the phisher’s Web site. The Web sites themselves are often very elaborate and real looking. PayPal, eBay and online banks are common targets.

Spamming is the abuse of electronic messaging systems used to indiscriminately send unsolicited bulk messages. While the most widely recognized form of spam is e-mail spam, the term is applied to similar abuses in other media: instant messaging spam, Usenet newsgroup spam, Web search engine spam, spam in blogs, wiki spam, mobile phone messaging spam, Internet forum spam and junk fax transmissions. Spam messages are often related to a scam and will most likely not be a free trip to Vegas or a million dollar check wired to your bank account from Prince MakeBelieve or whatever other great things are promised.

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