Friday Phish Fry

Phishing Email Alerts

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.

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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.

Validate Email Phish

I received this on 2023-06-28 at 3:18 AM Central Time.  I appreciated the spoofing of my 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 that was the most obvious clue that this was a phishing email

Validate email button resolves to and then redirects to

Email headers:  Return-Path: <>
Authentication-Results:; dkim=none
Received: from [] ([]) by (mxeueus003
[]) with ESMTPS (Nemesis) id 1N3KLm-1q4pu23Sle-010JrD for
<>; Wed, 28 Jun 2023 10:18:05 +0200
Received: from ([]) by (mxeueus003 []) with ESMTPS (Nemesis) id 1Md6Eh-1peGbv3

The email headers indicate the source is a non-IONOS web server in Austin Texas at IP address

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.



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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