So, you think you’re good at spotting phishing emails


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So, you think you’re good at spotting phishing emails

  1. 1. Do you think you’re good at spotting bogus emails?<br />There are sophisticated phishermen trying to net you and me everyday. <br />Why not take this short test and see how well you can spot which ones are true and which ones are dangerous?<br />Courtesy of<br />
  2. 2. Test Your Phishing Email Aptitude<br />In the following sequence of questions, I have seven email samples for you to review. Each one gives you clues as to its validity. See if you can spot the suspicious aspects of each one to determine whether the email is true or false.<br />Courtesy of<br />
  3. 3. Bogus<br />Or<br />Honest Intentions?<br />Courtesy of<br />
  4. 4. Bogus Easy one ! You see the red warning flag. The body message is gobbledygook.<br />Courtesy of<br />
  5. 5. Bogus<br />Or<br />Honest Intentions?<br />Courtesy of<br />
  6. 6. Bogus<br />Probably easy enough ! You see the yellow warning flag. It’s from Russia. You don’t do business in Russia. The footer message is meaningless.<br />Courtesy of<br />
  7. 7. Bogus<br />Or<br />Honest Intentions?<br />Courtesy of<br />
  8. 8. Getting a little tougher ? Your impulses surge. It’s doesn’t matter who sent this. You tell yourself, “How did this happen to me?” or “I’m going to get this guy!” <br />But can you resist clicking it?<br />Courtesy of<br />
  9. 9. You can resist, because . . .You never took compromising digital pictures of your wife (or let them go in the wild). She would never consent to it from anybody. Still doubtful? <br />Most definitively, you know pictures the size of 12KB are not going to show much.<br />Courtesy of<br />Bogus<br />
  10. 10. Bogus<br />Or<br />Honest Intentions?<br />Courtesy of<br />
  11. 11. Stumped ? You see the warning flags. It’s from Twitter, but its an email domain. <br />The subject line and message make no sense. <br />You never opened a twitter account with the purported name.<br />Courtesy of<br />
  12. 12. Courtesy of<br />Bogus<br />
  13. 13. Bogus<br />Or<br />Honest Intentions?<br />Courtesy of<br />
  14. 14. Bogus!This one’s trickier, as it comes from a Fedex email domain. <br />But, the email name and address don’t match. <br />There isn’t a 12 digit Airbill reference. <br />Fedex would not use ‘we failed’ or ‘postal’ in their language.<br />You didn’t send something on July 27th.<br />Courtesy of<br />
  15. 15. Bogus<br />Or<br />Honest Intentions?<br />Courtesy of<br />
  16. 16. You go to the UPS website, and see the warning, but it doesn’t address your question. <br />What do you do?<br />Courtesy of<br />
  17. 17. Bogus!This onefrom UPS is similar to the one from Fedex, you notice the mismatched email name, even though the domain looks good.<br />UPS would probably not use ‘we failed’ in their language.<br />You checked your UPS account and didn’t send something on June 27th.<br />Courtesy of<br />
  18. 18. Bogus<br />Or<br />Honest Intentions?<br />Courtesy of<br />
  19. 19. Courtesy of<br /> This one is<br />Honest Intentions ! You see the credit card info is correct. <br />It asks you to login to PayPal, but doesn’t give you an embedded link. <br />It comes from the same email address as a series of legitimate preceding emails.<br />
  20. 20. How did you score?<br />Courtesy of<br />
  21. 21. What is the solution?<br />Best way to reduce risk on these phishing attempts when you’re in doubt is to open a browser and type in the company name, and your login credentials to confirm details of your activity. Perhaps you can call the sender to confirm. Do not open attachments, or click on the links of a questionable email, even if the message passes your service provider or inbox email spam filters.<br />Courtesy of<br />