Friday Phish Fry

Phishing Email Alerts

Catch of the Day: Remittance Phish
Chef’s Special: Unsubscribe?

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.

Remittance Phish

Who doesn’t like getting money in the mail!  That’s sure what this email looked like.  The HTML attachment was one clue that this was going to be some sort of self hosted landing page.  I would expect an invoice or payment statement to come in PDF format.

Here is the file attachment

And the surprizing conclusion.  Notice that the document address clearly shows this as a self hosted web page file:///home/kali/.cache/.  Let it is a page from Wikipedia!.  Not sure what this was SUPPOSED to do, but clearly the sender needs a bit more experience.


Should You Click on Unsubscribe?

By Roger A. Grimes.

Some common questions we get are “Should I click on an unwanted email’s ‘Unsubscribe’ link? Will that lead to more or less unwanted email?”

The short answer is that, in general, it is OK to click on a legitimate vendor’s unsubscribe link. But if you think the email is sketchy or coming from a source you would not want to validate your email address as valid and active, or are unsure, do not take the chance, skip the unsubscribe action.

In many countries, legitimate vendors are bound by law to offer (free) unsubscribe functionality and abide by a user’s preferences. For example, in the U.S., the 2003 CAN-SPAM Act states that businesses must offer clear instructions on how the recipient can remove themselves from the involved mailing list and that request must be honored within 10 days.

Note: Many countries have laws similar to the CAN-SPAM Act, although with privacy protection ranging the privacy spectrum from very little to a lot more protection. The unsubscribe feature does not have to be a URL link, but it does have to be an “internet-based way.” The most popular alternative method besides a URL link is an email address to use.

In some cases, there are specific instructions you have to follow, such as put “Unsubscribe” in the subject of the email. Other times you are expected to craft your own message. Luckily, most of the time simply sending any email to the listed unsubscribe email address is enough to remove your email address from the mailing list.

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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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