Recently RSnake recently interviewed a real live phisher who goes by the name “lithium” (followed-up by Dark Reading). We can't verify any of the claims, but everything seemed reasonably believable. Well worth a read, especially this question which RSnake gets right down to it at the end:
"Are there any anti-phishing deterrents (tools or technology) that make life as a phisher harder?
Oh sure, There are many things that make pishing harder. But since Internet Explorer 7 and firefox 2 have implemented an antiphishing protection, Those two cause the most irritation. "