More phishing this weekend, as always. Apparently, the arrests of a suspected phishing group this past week in Germany
didn’t net much of the phishing crime scene. This email bait arrived on Saturday, and appears to be much better designed than past emails. Little misspellings and giveaways can clue a reader in to fraud, however.
Let’s give this one a closer look, and pick out a few of the giveaways. The return addresses at “bankofamerica.com” usually are spelled correctly (outlined in red below), instead of the “bankoffamerica.com” below. Banks don’t use hyperlinks that include funny little ip addresses in the URL, or convuluted or misspelled words (unfortunately, the bank targeted in this example may send emails to their customers with hyperlinks to bankofamerica.com). Also, I believe the bank never contacts their customers with these sorts of security issues in this manner over email.
If you are using gmail and receive this kind of fraudulent mail, you can report it to have the site investigated. Click on the little blue arrow in the upper right hand corner of the message. A drop down menu appears, with the “Report phishing” option (outlined in red below). You can select this option to report the site to the appropriate handlers. Click on the image below to enlarge it:
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