Take the PayPal Phishing test!

I got a fraudulent email pretending to be from PayPal today.  Upon reading it, it was pretty clear to me that was spam - the punctuation, the grammar, the lack of personalization and that it was sent to a non-existent email account all added up to one thing:  SPAM!  I've pasted a copy of the email at the end of this post so you can see for yourself!

Upon Googling "PayPal" and "phishing" I found myself on PayPal's site and this neat little quiz.

10 Ways To Identify A Phishing Attack

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued a recent advisory warning that cybercriminals will very likely attempt to use the Philippines Typhoon disaster as part of email scams and phishing campaigns.

Phishing attacks attempt to use high-profile events, including natural disasters in their subject line, to get victims to open an email and click on links contained in the message.

Spam Alert! Voice Message from Unknown (669-335-7699)

Here's another example of an spam email designed to take advantage of us busy people!  We use a VoIP phone system here and when someone leaves a voicemail, or sends a fax, we get an email alert with the message attached.  So, it's not unusual to get an email like this one.

Spam Alert! New Message from Chase Online (SM)

This week at Virtual Density we launched our Lunch and Learn series.  Today and Tuesday, the topic was 'Self Defense for Small Business' and one of the topics we talked about was scam emails.  No sooner did we finish up this afternoon and I returned to my desk to find this email in my spam filter.