Friday Phish Fry

Phishing Email Alerts

Catch of the Day: Phishing Email Analysis Tools
Chef’s Special: Amex Phish

Also Serving: ChatGPT 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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I thought this was a worthy collection of phishing and email investigation tools, and added them to the Friday Phish Fry

Phishing Email Analysis Tools

By Mohammed Eissa via LinkedIn

1-Email Header Analysis >>
– MXToolbox:
– Amazon:
– MailHeader:

2-URL / IP Reputation Check
– Virustotal >>
– URLScan >>
– Talosintelligence >>
– AbuseIPdb >>
– IPinfo:
– Check Phish >>

3-File / Attachment / Malware Analysis
– File Hash check >>
– Anyrun Sandboxing >>
– Hybrid-Analysis Sandboxing >>
– Joesandbox >>
– Cuckoo Sandbox >>
– VMRay >>
– Triage >>

4-Whois domain record
– Centralops >>
– Domaintools >>

5-Phishing analysis tool
– Phish Tool >>

6 – Miscellaneous
– Browser Sandbox >>
– EML file opener >>

7-What to do >>

Humans are still better at creating phishing emails than AI — for now

AI-generated phishing emails, including ones created by ChatGPT, present a potential new threat for security professionals.

American Express Phish

I received this email on Wednesday, and by Thursday morning the redirection and landing page was already taken down.  The Blue Team is certainly getting better and quicker at takedowns!

A few clues in the email.  American Express is missing the second s (Expres) and the email source account is on the email domain, and they missed the ed in restrict.  The Log In Now link resolves to which is redirected to  This domain is being used as a sinkhole by the defenders I suspect.

Here’s the final landing page.  This page is hosted by IANA as an example page.  You can see it at


VirusTotal lists this as malicious.



Since I don’t have an American Express account, it was easy for me to spot this fake phish.  Not the best job writing the email either.  They could have gotten it perfect by using ChatGPT.


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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