Phishing Example: PayPal Forgery

January 1, 2016

What makes this a Phishing message?

  • The name of the service and the look of the message is intended to fool the recipient into thinking the message is from PayPal
  • The subject line, with the double exclamation points, is unprofessional and meant to incite some quick and heedless action
  • The sender's address is very strange and suspicious
  • The "Check My Account" link directs the user to a webpage containing a malware payload

Original Message:

Subject: Your account on the verge of closure !!
From: =?UTF-8?Q?ppl=2esupport?= <>
Date: 1/1/2016 5:47 AM

Pay.service sceenshot

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

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