The level of quality and complexity of email and Internet phishing scams is rising and sometimes it’s hard to recognize them, however there are telltale signs to look for which can help protect against identity theft, fraud and other hijinx associated with the crafty schemes.

Ryan Francis wrote the following in an article for CSO regarding a recent online survey which tested US internet users on their security awareness.

“Phishing for a user

Cloud collaboration software provider Diligent recently conducted an online survey of 2,000 U.S. internet users to test their security savvy. 76% of survey respondents passed the phishing test, but that isn’t the whole story. Here are some of Diligent’s other findings:

  • Over 68% of respondents were tricked by emails that looked like they were from a coworker.
  • Messages from social media companies with the phrase, “Did you see this pic of you? LOL” fooled nearly 61% of participants.
  • Fewer than 3% of respondents fell for an email claiming they won a big cash prize from a soft drink company.

Following are the emails Diligent used in its survey. Can you spot the phish?”

Read the rest of the article at CSO Online.