Friday Phish Fry

Phishing Email Alerts

Catch of the Day: IONOS Password Phish
Chef’s Special: Curiosity Stream 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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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.

IONOS Password Phish

Looked like a credential stealing exploit, but turned into a click-banking exploit.  The link resolved to, and then redirected to The link took me to a landing page for Game Spot.  Just in time for the holidays!


Curiosity Stream Phish

This email and attachment appear to have come from a streaming service.  The email sender is wrong for this type of email, using a Hotmail account.  This is another Customer Support Number scam.  But it does seem to fall into the holiday gift-giving theme with the previous email.  Be on the lookout for these sorts of scams.

This invoice is strange as it does not mention a specific credit card.  The support telephone number isn’t even toll-free.





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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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