Phishing Example: Congratulations! You're Hired

June 5, 2020

These are targeted and simple forms of phishing emails designed to get victims to interact, establish a rapport, even play on your emotions, to steal data and/or money. The messages start out as basic greetings - or job opportunities - and then progress into requests for money, data, or action from you.

Tips if Something Seems Off:

Double-check the email address before responding

Look to make sure the email address is correct. In Gmail hover your mouse over the sender name for the email to display. On a mobile phone or a touchscreen, press and hold the link (don't tap!) to reveal the actual URL. (Look in the bottom left corner of the browser window.) Don't click on a link unless it goes to a URL you trust.

Follow up with the sender separately

If you didn’t expect it, reject it. Or follow-up with the individual directly in a separate email or call/text to confirm.

Report and/or flag it

  • Open the message

  • To the right of 'Reply' arrow

  • Select 'More' (typically denoted with three vertical dots)

  • Then 'Report phishing'

If you are unable to log into bMail, forward the message to For more information visit

Examples of these types of attacks include:

Original Message:

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Dr Paul King <officialconsult2020@gmail,com>
Date: Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 1:57 PM
Subject: ******(Congratulation <name redacted>)**********REP

Congratulations <name redacted> your new job, I had to verify
all the information you provided. I hope to have your 100% loyalty and
co-operation. Your quick response to e-mails and effectiveness will be
required and you will be receiving your first assignment very soon.

You will be emailed with detailed instructions. After checking my
programs, unfortunately, you don’t have much done for me this week. So,
you'll be starting your first Assignment In few days, I am unable to meet
up for an interview because I am currently away and helping the disabled
students in Abroad as stated in my previous email but scheduled to be back
last week of July

What I would want you to do for me As discussed in my initial email, You
will begin your job duties which is mailing letters Via USPS FedEx, making
bill payments and replying emails on my behalf, preparing my accommodation
off campus upon my arrival, etc, You will also be making a Payment out to
my Travel Agency as well for my return early next month.My accountant will
disburse payment across to you tomorrow Morning overnight Courier to
provided address.

You should be receiving the Payment next day, providing you with the
Shipment Evidence(Tracking #). The payment will be in the form of a
certified check mailed to you. Once you receive the Funds, you will take
your First Salary of $450 from it, after which you'll use the rest in
carrying out your assignment. Detailed instructions on your first
assignment will be sent to you once check received and cleared. From this
point, your maximum attention will be required, I will urge you to tighten
up your relationship with your email. Make sure you check your email 2-3
times daily and also respond to my emails even if it's just some few words
or a sentence in order to acknowledge the receipt.

I would feel ignored if I don't get a response to my email. Ensure you
always check all your Email folders for my messages as some messages do get
into Bulk/Spam mail folders at times.In accepting my offer of employment,
you certify your understanding that your employment will start now, and
that neither you nor I have entered into a contract regarding the terms or
the duration of your employment until my arrival.

As an at-will employee, you will be free to terminate your employment
with me at any time, with or without cause or advance notice. Likewise, I
also, have the right to reassign you or to terminate your employment at any
time, with or without cause or advance notice if you are not capable of
carrying out the tasks and assignments assigned to you by me.I will need
you to acknowledge the receipt of this email with your working Cell Phone
Number so I can text you for easy and fast communication.


Warning:  The links and email addresses included in these messages are from real-life examples, do not attempt to explore them.

The most dangerous links have been removed - you can hover your cursor over these links to see the original address in a pop-up techtip (instead of in the corner of the browser window).

How to report phishing:

  • Open the message

  • To the right of 'Reply' arrow

  • Select 'More' (typically denoted with three vertical dots)

  • Then 'Report phishing'

If you are unable to log into bMail, forward the message to