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I’ve recently noticed a new trend from a lot of the phishing emails I’ve been receiving; they’re looking a lot more professional.
In recent weeks I’ve received emails claiming to be from FedEx, UPS, USPS, Bank of America and Chase. Each of these emails not only had a picture of the company’s logo in the email, but also mimicked quite closely what an “official” email from the company would look like. The links contained in the email were a bit more savvy than I’ve seen in the past as well. It wasn’t so much the text as it was the URL that the links were sending people to.
In the past, most of the websites that the phishing emails linked to would be jibberish; something like egwi1nae.com/23yff.html. This isn’t always the case any more. Unfortunately as of late I’ve seen a large increase in the amount of near legitimate looking domains. All of the emails I’ve received in the last few weeks have ended with the name of the company that was the subject of the email to begin with such as fedex.html or ups.html. This could make it harder to distinguish the fake from the real.
When clicking on links in your email from unsolicited sources make sure that the first part of the address that it’s sending you to is correct. UPS should link to ups.com, Bank of America should link to bankofamerica.com and so on.
Taking a moment to review these simple things could potentially save you a ton of time and money in the future!