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Phishing Challenge Answers

Question 1: The correct answer is YES, PHISHING 

This is a phishing attempt. If you look at the “From” sender you’ll notice it is not @ a Paypal address, instead they tried to trick you by using Paypal before the @ sign. If you continue reading through the email you’ll also notice grammatical issues, such as “What the problem’s?” AND “full access to PayPal account” which in a legitimate email should say “full access to your PayPal account.” Always keep an eye out for grammar because it’s very rare legitimate emails from these services have incorrect verbiage.

Question 2: The correct answer is NO, NOT PHISHING 

This is NOT a phishing email. You can see the sender is from @linkedin.com which is the biggest indicator it is legitimate. If this were an email instead of an image you could also check the links and you’d see they are linkedin.com links.

Question 3: The correct answer is YES, PHISHING 

This is a phishing email. But don’t worry if you got this one wrong. It was a bit of a trick! You’ll notice the email address sending it is from Microsoft. But this is actually an example of a spoofed email. If you were to click on the links in this email they would take you to an online login form that after you fill it out takes you nowhere. Instead, you just gave your login to scammers. The easiest way to see if someone is spoofing an email is to hover the links and see if they are actual Microsoft URLs and NOT something like the link in the second image accountoffice.dy — another good indicator is the link is NOT SECURE, Microsoft and other legitimate sources will always have SECURE sites with https.

Question 4: The correct answer is YES, PHISHING 

This is a phishing email. The sender is another giveaway on this one, linkeBin.com instead of linkedin.com

Question 5: The correct answer is YES, PHISHING 

This is a phishing email. Take a VERY close look at the sender and you’ll see it is from sunTUST not sun TRUST.

How to Spot a Phishing Email

The Email is not Addressed to the Recipient

(Often lines like “Dear Customer”, “Dear User” are used in place of your name – any company that is legitimate will have your name on file and address you accordingly in your email).

Grammatical Errors

Scam emails are often riddled with spelling and grammar errors, be on the look-out for these issues as they are usually a telltale sign. (example image below has many grammar errors and uses strange wording).

Suspicious Attachments

If you receive a PDF, Excel, Word, or other document which asks for an activation, enabling, macros, or other popup for editing, please use caution. This is the most common method for ransomware delivery. Upon activation, the software will silently download itself, and run without being noticed. This will result in encryption of all files made available to the software both locally and over shared drives.

Action was not Taken

Sometimes these scam emails will say you have exceeded login attempts, reset a password, or account action is required – these cases make it very obvious they are not legitimate because you have not taken those actions on their website.

Multiple Links

These emails typically contain multiple links to websites that are not what they are pretending to be. For example, their link may say https://truewebsite.com but the actual location it takes you to is https://scamwebsite.com; You can often hover over a link in an email to see if there is a redirect.

From Suspicious Sender

The sender/from email usually looks “off” often using a similar name for who they want to be perceived as in their email address. For example: someone may try to come off as the University of Chicago and use sender@uchicago.com where a legitimate email for any university always ending in .edu, for example sender@uchicago.edu.

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