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.
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.
Here is a phishing email that looks like it cam from American Express. The Update Now button resolved to https://tinyurl.com/qjw92ke93sc, and then was redirected tohttps://sbuydigg.com/__//kfgpvkva/nqikp
This is a simple credential stealing phishing exploit. Some clues that this is fake is the sender address Amerlcan Express <email@example.com>
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.
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: