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The 7 - Random - Testing your scam detection ability
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SirBubNorm
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#1 Posted on 11.8.04 2201.18
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Insightful test (survey.mailfrontier.com) that I'm going to make sure a few family members/friends take.

Now if I could find one that I could send on to those same people that would convince them to stop forwarding me the "Don't break this chain/Sign this petition" e-mails I'd be a happy camper.

P.S. This is definitely not an endorsement for the product they appear to be selling on the result page as I know nothing about it.
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Nuclear Winter
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#2 Posted on 11.8.04 2246.16
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I got 9/10 right (damn Earthlink), which makes me feel pretty good. I'm just glad I'm too young to have any credit cards, so I have very few opportunities to screw up online.

(edited by Nuclear Winter on 11.8.04 2346)
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#3 Posted on 17.8.04 2014.49
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I did the first three and then got bored - but I got the first three right.
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#4 Posted on 17.8.04 2044.46
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10 out of 10 on the first shot...

It's easy enough to detect.

Anything that asks you to Update Your Info or you'll Lose Your Account, and then provides some funny looking link where you have to click and log in is clearly fraud.

Anything that states along the lines of "the credit card on file is about to expire, please log in to www.some website.com - with your user ID and password to update it", and then leaves a big long message about never sharing your password is generally safe enough. So long as you're going through the site's main page and not clicking anything special in your e-mail, it's all good.

(edited by cfgb on 17.8.04 2145)
Madame Manga
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#5 Posted on 17.8.04 2239.55
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10/10.

One giant red flag for scams, which I realize not all online users can recognize, is mistakes in grammar and punctuation. Consider that many of these scams originate in Eastern Europe or Asia. The culprits are apparently not as literate in American English as they would like to think.

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#6 Posted on 19.8.04 1352.29
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The only one I missed was the Citibank one, and that's cause I didn't read it closely enough, and I got thrown off by the digital certificate BS.
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