Catch of the Day: Validate Email 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.
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Validate Email Phish
I received this on 2023-06-28 at 3:18 AM Central Time. I appreciated the spoofing of my wyzguys.com domain, which did contribute to the believability of the email. I had to take a second look at the URL and Email Headers to be sure this was fake. And since I do not have an email user account at email@example.com that was the most obvious clue that this was a phishing email
Validate email button resolves to https://firstname.lastname@example.org and then redirects to https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmPxpTpnWLRbSunt7kQbGac21FsdeNxoGignuUPr2udFwpemail@example.com
Email headers: Return-Path: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Authentication-Results: perfora.net; dkim=none
Received: from [220.127.116.11] ([18.104.22.168]) by mx.perfora.net (mxeueus003
[22.214.171.124]) with ESMTPS (Nemesis) id 1N3KLm-1q4pu23Sle-010JrD for
<email@example.com>; Wed, 28 Jun 2023 10:18:05 +0200
Received: from vps1.netstride-managed-hosting.com ([126.96.36.199]) by
mx.perfora.net (mxeueus003 [188.8.131.52]) with ESMTPS (Nemesis) id 1Md6Eh-1peGbv3
The email headers indicate the source is a non-IONOS web server in Austin Texas at IP address 184.108.40.206.
Here is the landing page from the redirected URL
Looks like a credential stealing exploit verified by the error message.
And the final touch – Virustotal identified the first URL as a phishing link, and the redirection link was also identified as malicious
Credential stealing continues to be the number one exploit of phishing attacks. Be careful to keep your credentials secure by avoiding these scams.