What a “phishing” email looks like

Filed in Security by on November 8, 2013 0 Comments

phishingIn case you were wondering, here is what a “phishing” email looks like. FYI – “Phishing” refers to an attempt to obtain personal information via fraudulent emails. Below is an actual email I received at a personal email address.

From:amajorbank.com” (Changed to protect the very large but innocent, in this case, bank.)
Date: November 1, 2013, 8:04:22 PM EDT
To: realperson@someemail.com (Not my actual email address. Sorry. Can’t have it.)
Subject: 1 Alert
Reply-To: replay@skats.org
Possible threat found on your account!
Dear Customer
Our system found some suspiciouse transactions in your daily activities.
In order to keep you safe we have locked your funds and card.
Until we hear from you we won’t unlock your account or release your funds.
Responde and unlock here

Not exactly sophisticated but I can see how people might panic and start clicking.

There are several giveaways that it’s fraudulent. Let’s dissect this a little, shall we?

  • The sender: Real banks use their brand name in email communicaitons, not their web address.
  • The subject line: C’mon. “1 Alert”? A 6-year old could come up with a better subject line.
  • The message itself: missing punctuation and misspelled words are a dead giveaway. This message looks “suspiciouse” to me.
  • The threat: They’ve “locked your funds”. Oh no! Run for the hills!
  • And finally, the signature, or lack thereof.

Obviously, this one is pretty crude but others phishing emails are written by non-primates, and they can be quite convincing.

Remember, reputable financial institutions will never ask you for your personal information or account details via an email message. Learn more about protecting your information.



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