<b>Technology News:</b> Study examines why phishing tricks work. By John Stokdyk

Four out of 10 phishing sites fooled typical web users in a study carried out by US academics.

Researchers at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley, collected samples of phishing sites and then carried out a useability study in which 22 participants were asked to decide which ones were fraudulent.

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dahowlett's picture

there's a simple answer

dahowlett | | Permalink

If you're on eBay or use PayPal, the simplest way to check is to forward the unopened email to spoof@ebay.com/paypal.com

They usually respond within 5 minutes. Another way is to roll the mouse over the links in the email to view the URI. You can usually tell if it's a scam by looking at the link.

Bottom line - most phishing scams are pretty crude - if you know how to tackle them.

BTW - Firefox does a pretty good job of warning users if there is a suspected scam.