Over the last month or so I have been testing both FireFox and Internet Explorer 7 on phishing emails I receive each day. I know they are bad emails when I receive them because they are sent to an email address I never use for communications with companies.
Up until yesterday, both FireFox and IE7 have both detected the fraud site and presented me with a warning. Yesterday I received an eBay phish email. FireFox failed to recognize the phish email and IE7 caught it. So I’m thinking maybe IE7’s method is better.
Today I received and email purported to be from Bank of America wanting me to update my account. Firefox failed to detect it and so did IE7. Both set small flags in the corners of the browser indicating that the web page had errors, but neither presented a warning.The error has obviously been planted in the code on purpose so the fraud detection will fail.
Just because you are using browsers that look for fake websites, don’t assume they are fool proof.
I forwarded the email to firstname.lastname@example.org.