Phishing Example 1:
Subject: EMAIL QUOTA ALERT!!!
Your Mailbox Has Exceeded It Storage Limit As Set By Your Administrator, And You Will Not Be Able To Receive New Mails Until You Re-Validate It.
To Re-Validate –> Follow Link Here
Notice in Example 1 that this malicious individual is attempting to create an immediate need to ‘validate’ your e-mail address. This is done to cause anxiety for the reader and hopefully get them to follow its instructions before thinking about it. To reiterate, no Systems Administrator will ever ask for your Username and Password via e-mail.
Phishing Example 2:
From: firstname.lastname@example.org; on behalf of; Long Island University email@example.com Subject: Notice
Your account subscription has expired and your email account is about to be suspended, Confirm your account information to keep your email active.Click the secured below to extend your account.
© 2012 – Long Island University
Notice in Example 2 that the e-mail is purportedly coming from Long Island University, yet the actual e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, the spoofed account is misspelled as email@example.com instead of firstname.lastname@example.org. Those are both red flags, and should cause the reader to question the validity of this e-mail and simply delete it. To reiterate, no Systems Administrator will ever ask for your Username and Password via e-mail!