Phishing messages are a great security risk.
Unfortunately, some people have fallen for phishing messages and have had their personal information compromised. Detecting phishing messages is very serious and should not be taken lightly. Let's test your knowledge with a few phishing email examples.
Phishing example 1
We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail center. We are deleting all iup email accounts to create more space for new accounts. To prevent your account from closing you will have to update it below so that we will know that it's a presently used account.
CONFIRM YOUR EMAIL IDENTITY BELOW
E-mail Username : ......... ..... E-mail Password : ...............
This message is from iup messaging center Thank you for using iup!
iup Team https://imail.iup.edu/
What did you catch?
Did you catch the obvious signs? Here are a few of the obvious indications:
Phishing example 2
I am going to be your professor for Biology 101. My name is Amanda. I see that you have already resisted for the Biology 101 class in D2l.
If you are looking to gain extra credit before the course starts, please see the instructions below. Note, for every gift card received, you will earn 20 bonus points. Upon the receival of the gift card, please wait seven days before your extra credit is added to your account.
1. You will need to go to www.amazon.com 2. Create an account or log into your account and select cart 3. Click the e-gift card option and purchase a $20 e-gift card 4. Send the gift card to firstname.lastname@example.org 5. When you send the message, make sure to include your full first and last name and birthdate so I know which students to give credit to.
Can’t wait to see you in class,
Amanda your Biology Professor
This message is a classic phishing scam. Many people have fallen for this type of scam.
Phishing example 3
From: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Behalf Of IT Support Center Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 4:12 PM To: You Subject: [Update #251456]
Our team at Microsoft has patched an important anti-virus software bug. Please log into your account using your personal computer and clicking the link below and logging in. Once you are logged in, the update will automatically take place. www.microsoftts.com/update/antivirus/bugs/fixproblem
As legit as this may look, it is a phishing scam. At a first glance, you may see it came from a Microsoft email but it did not. Someone made a fake Gmail account to make it appear this way.