Phishing is actually much more effective than you might think, fooling up to 45% of their victims. Check out the image gallery for some common scams put together by Google for Safer Internet Day, and see if you can spot the scams.

(You may want to “brush up” with the following tips first though)

Tip #1: Check the URL in the address bar. It might look right in the email, but it could take you scam site designed to steal your personal details. Also check for ‘HTTPS’ in the address bar which means the site is secure.

Tip #2: Always check the sender’s email address. Does it look right to you? Phishing emails will often contain spelling mistakes and other irregularities.

Tip #3: Recognise scare tactics. Genuine sites never use scare tactics to get you to enter your username, password or credit card numbers. This is a red flag that the site may not be genuine.

Tip #4: Always check the spelling. Even though phishing can be sophisticated, hijackers are not always great spellers. Typos on a website or email could indicate that they are not the real deal.

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