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.
You can send phishing samples to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My intention is to provide a warning and show current examples of phishing scams, related articles, and education about how these scams and exploits work, and how to detect them in your inbox. If the pictures are too small or extend off the page, double clicking the image will display them in a photo viewer app.
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 (email@example.com). I have never used this email address for any other purpose.
I immediately started getting spammy email from firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 https://smtpstorm.com/index.php/campaigns/lj3832g5og357/track-url/cf7638owyed74/d4cbfabd3911a2e9073ffc421ba10ca6b73251df and was redirected to https://socialsalerep.com/funnel/ssr-job-quiz/video-lander/?hop=racecw.
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.