Just like in the offline world, there are fraudsters on the Internet who try to extract information to take advantage of you. This common Internet concern is also known as a ‘phishing’ attack. A phishing message tries to trick you into revealing personal information by appearing to be from a legitimate source, such as a bank, social network, or even Google.
This Stay Smart Online Week, we want to help Aussies more easily spot some of the most common scams on the web.
Throughout the week, we'll share images marked #phishnophish via Google+ and Twitter and encourage you to try and guess which site or emails is fake, and which one is legitimate. Sometimes it will be very obvious … but not always! We’ll also provide tips on how to identify scams.
Here’s an example:
Could you spot the difference?
We’ll share more of these examples during the week, and post the answer at the end of each day so you can see if your keen eyes can help you stay safe online. If you want some more tips on how to protect yourself from phishing, as well as other ways to keep you and your family secure on the web, visit the Google Safety Centre.
Posted by Damian Kassabgi, Public Policy and Government Affairs, Google Australia