Catch of the Day: Account Verification Phish
Chef’s Special: BEC Phish
Also serving: Mail Delivery Error 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.
Account Verification Phish
I received this one on 2023-06-15 10:25 am CDT.
The Click to Verify link resolved to https://fleek.ipfs.io/ipfs/QmTxMCn9HYcdTHgZdUrhCbxCyXcd3FQTVV8d3SLD3PciRxemail@example.com.
This revealed a login page hosted on a legitimate service provider ipfs.io.
A quick look at the URL in Virustotal showed the link to be a known malicious phishing address.
The hosting server is at 184.108.40.206. and provided by a service provider called Protocol Labs.
This is a credential stealing exploit. Pretty easy to spot because of the generic looking trade dress and the sender address.
Read the technical details about a new AiTM phishing attack combined with a BEC campaign as revealed by Microsoft, and learn how to mitigate this threat.
Mail Delivery Error Phish
Received this Friday 2023-06-16 4:25 AM CDT. Exploit still active when I started exploring it at 8:30 AM.
The Resolve Issue button resolves to https://href.li/?https://firstname.lastname@example.org
which redirects to
A fairly standard IONOS logon landing page for credential stealing. In this case the attackers want the log on to my web mail
Virustotal identified the link as a phishing link
Other details include the server’s IP address
This exploit is evidently being hosted on Amazon Web Services
Keep your eyes out for exploits such as this one. The logon landing page may show GoDaddy, BlueHost, or other web mail and web hosting companies