Email Scams Are Still Depressingly Effective


It is the Year Of Our Lord two thousand and fourteen, but somehow, nearly half of all people on this email-infested landfill we call ‘Earth’ are still falling for simple phishing scams.

The stats come courtesy of a Google study, which looked into the success rate of ‘manual hijacking’ emails, which try and trick users into giving fake (but real-looking) websites their username and password. The scam is pretty simple: you get an email, with a link to a website.

When you click through (something that a frankly insane 45% of people seemingly do), you’re presented with a realistic-looking imitation of a login page, where you enter all your sensitive information for nefarious hackers to gobble up. Here, people seem a little less gullible: only 14% of visitors to the fake pages actually submitted their info, meaning that the overall success rate is only around 5%. Given the scale at which email scams normally operate, though, that number is still cause for concern.

Read more at Gizmodo.

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