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Phishing Examples

  • Below is an example of a phishing message. If you look closely, you will see telltale indications that this message is not legitimate.



    Dear iup Owner,

    We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail center. We are deleting all iup email account 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 present 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!
    Warning Code:VX2G99AAJ

    Thanks,
    iup Team
    https://imail.iup.edu/



    Did you catch the obvious signs that is a phishing message? Here are a few of the more obvious indications. 

    • Nobody should EVER ask you for your password. You should be immediately suspicious if anyone asks you to give them your password. 
    • No college department would send an email message with “iup” not capitalized.  
    • Read the message, and you will notice other spelling and grammatical errors.  Everyone makes the occasional grammatical mistake, but the amount of errors on this page should make anyone suspicious. 
    • What is an “iup messaging center”? I have never heard of this place.  Have you?
    • This message came from “iup Team.” Ok, so this person can capitalize the first letter in “Team” but not capitalize “iup”.  Also, which “iup Team”? This is very vague and sketchy.   

    Nothing in this message makes any sense, if you take the time to read it. This message, and many others like it, are designed to scare you into acting without thinking. The author wants you to panic.  Fear and panic can cause you to ignore the obvious warning signs. Some phishing messages are more sophisticated, and not this obvious, but they always ask you to click something or provide your username and password. Don't do it.