Friday Phish Fry

Phishing Email Alerts

Catch of the Day: Amex Phish
Chef’s Special:  Black Friday Phish
Examples of clever phish that made it past my anti-spam nets and into my inbox. Some are contributed 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.

Amex Phish

Here is a phishing email that looks like it cam from American Express.  The Update Now button resolved to, and then was redirected to

This is a simple credential stealing phishing exploit.  Some clues that this is fake is the sender address Amerlcan Express <>

Here’s the email

And here is the landing page with the fake logon screen.  The URL in the address bar is 0bviously not an genuine Amex URL.


Black Friday Phishing Emails Soared 237%

Security researchers have warned of triple-digit increase in the volume of phishing emails designed to trick shoppers. For the past few years, the Amazon-inspired event has signaled the unofficial start of the busy shopping season running through to the end of December.

However, it also represents a major opportunity for scammers to trick users into handing over logins and personal/financial information or clicking on malicious links or attachments.

Between November 1 and November 14 this year, security vendor Egress detected a 237% increase in phishing emails relating specifically to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, versus the period September 1-October 31.

InfosecMag has the story:



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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