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Catch of the Day:  I Took A Survey Phish

Examples of clever phish that made it past my spam filters and into my inbox. Some are sent by clients or readers like you, and other reliable sources on the Internet.

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Once I Took a Survey

Quite a while ago I signed up at Top 3 Paid Surveys because I was currious about the process on this popular paid survey scam.  I set-up a throw away email account on one of my domains (  I have never used this email address for any other purpose.

I immediately started getting spammy email from  I get as many as one email a week from the horse whisperer, like the one below.  I was curious about this scam, so I opened the link.  The link resolved to and was redirected to

So this is an online job “offer” or scam.  Let’s continue.

I took the quiz, there were five questions altogether.

Based on my answers, I would be a prefect Live Chat Assistant

I clicked through again

I created my account.  I am sure to be getting more spam on this email account

This information page is where I stopped.  I suspect that there will be an application form to fill out that will collect all your personal information, as well as some sort of banking information.  (This is a ‘job” and you will get “paid”, right?)

My recommendation of course is to ignore these opportunities, because they are usually anything but.



About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at


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