Thursday, July 26, 2007

Test your knowledge of online scams

By ANICK JESDANUN, AP Internet Writer Thu Jul 26, 1:03 AM ET

NEW YORK - Think you're smart at recognizing online scams? Take a quiz to find out.

McAfee Inc.'s SiteAdvisor service has created a 10-question test to see whether you can spot "phishing" attempts to steal passwords and other personal information by mimicking popular Web sites such as eBay Inc.'s PayPal and News Corp.'s MySpace.

In eight questions, you are presented with two Web sites or e-mail messages and are asked to identify the authentic one. The final two questions test your general knowledge about scams.

Afterward, the McAfee site presents telltale signs to look for, such as misspellings and suspicious Web addresses.

You can also download a tool that can help warn of sites known or suspected to be phishing scams. SiteAdvisor researchers also identify sites that produce spyware, viruses, excessive pop-up ads, junk e-mail or other threats.

Visit to take the quiz.