Phishing e-mails are known to everybody with an e-mail address. Fake e-mails seemingly from companies like your bank, insurer or internet provider. Trying to get access to your personal info or your money. Separating the real e-mails from the fake can be a challenge. Google and sister-company Jigsaw put you to the test with a surprisingly difficult quiz. Can you get a perfect score?

From Nigerian prince to hack warning

Most people will remember one of the first famous phishing emails. Around 1992 some (un)lucky people got an e-mail with a great offer from a Nigerian Prince. The Prince needed help to save 10 million dollars from his greedy siblings because his father the king tragically died. If the recipient was willing to lend him their bank account to store those millions he would definitely make it worth their while.

Famous phishing e-mail from a Nigerian prince. Designed to prey on gullible people.

Sadly, phishing emails have evolved from the too-good-to-be-true stories written in all caps. Now scammers are making some true works of art that are virtually unrecognizable from the real deal. Most recently phishing emails take the form of warning e-mails telling the recipient they have been hacked en encouringing them to take steps to secure their account by logging in with their e-mail and password.

”One percent of all e-mails send today are phishing attempts.”


Read the fake signs

Most of the standard e-mails that Google products send out have fallen victim to internet criminals. They copy the style of the real e-mail flawlessly and try to get access to your Google Account or financial information. Google and sister-company Jigsaw joined forces to create a quiz that helps you learn to see the signs of a fake e-mail. Telling you to watch out for these points:

  • The sender email address: is it or
  • The URL behind a link or button: sounds safe enough, right?
  • If you are expecting the e-mail: strange, my bank normally doesn’t ask me to approve my salary before it’s transferred.

Making sure you check these points makes your private account and workspace safer. Especially if you’re using Google Suite daily. The quiz Google and Jigsaw put together uses examples of Google-styled phishing e-mails. You’ll know where to look next time when an e-mail looks a bit ‘fishy’.

Take the quiz and test your skills

Want to know how good you are at separating the real from the fake? Test your skills below.

The quiz consists of 8 example e-mails that are either fake or real. The phishing examples you’ll see are ones that were used in the past. Like the phishing e-mail Google Doc- users got in 2017 and one that Russian hackers send to Hillary Clinton’s campaignleader in 2016.

Good luck!


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