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Phishing

Post by Stephen Hart » Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:52 pm

I've seen some nasty-looking phishing emails, ones that might fool or at least frighten some people.
But sometimes I wish I had a Mac lab set up so I could click on the links and see what happens.
This one is almost funny (except for the criminal intent). And yes, it appears they did just rip off the logo from the real Canadian Federal Court. At least they got "you're" and "your" right.
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Re: Phishing

Post by Richard Serkes » Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:25 am

"...details is..." kind of gives it away. When I get these I like to check the metadata in the FROM: field to see who's doing the sending. I've been getting a lot of stuff from Japan lately.
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Re: Phishing

Post by Stephen Hart » Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:15 pm

Yes, maybe even more than the usual number of English errors. People at Microsoft, I think, hypothesize that it's intended to filter out the skeptical before the chain of links begins. I've seen some phishing attempts that begin "Excuse my bad English..."

"in that of crime engagement"
"You need provide"
"details is not given"
Then there's the fact that it claims the recipient has only 7 days to respond, while the email arrived about seven months after the stated case date.

It's possible that much of the spam I see is probably more correctly called advertising than phishing, judging by the actual embedded links. But maybe those are faked too.
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Re: Phishing

Post by Stephen Hart » Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:31 pm

Here's one that's new to me. It's a bit more devious than usual, in that the email itself contains no bogus links, only a pdf attachment. But that pdf does contain bogus links.
Well worth reading:

https://www.wired.com/story/apple-app-s ... hing-scam/
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