According to the Anti-Phishing Working Group, phishing attacks almost doubled in 2005, and aren’t expected to subside anytime soon.
The growth in incoming threats has its good points and bad points. On the positive, the more crappy, faked emails users see, the more aware they become of the situation. That awareness generates the extra care so desperately needed among the layman. It’s the well thought out, well crafted attempt that people really need to watch out for.
What we don’t need, however, is paranoia. If users begin thinking the internet is more dangerous than walking around at night, everyone has a problem.