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posted by [personal profile] major_clanger at 12:32pm on 31/05/2017
I've seen a theory that phishing scams are deliberately crafted so that intelligent recipients will recognise and delete them, thus making it more likely that the scammers will have to deal only with credulous, greedy and less intelligent victims.

That being said, I was faced with a surprisingly plausible one the other day: what purported to be a receipt from iTunes for a rather expensive App purchase (£50) containing a link for cancelling the order. It was of course a link to a phishing site, but I can imagine that a fair few people would think 'I didn't buy that' and click straight on what looked like a link to let them cancel the order.
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posted by [personal profile] purplecthulhu at 10:03pm on 31/05/2017
Interesting theory.

Did I tell you about the phone scam I got called by literally days before it got made public by the BBC, and how the Hacker's Handbook helped me realise what was going on?
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posted by [personal profile] major_clanger at 07:32am on 01/06/2017
No - do tell!

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