University of Southern Indiana

Phishing Tip #5

Sense of Urgency

Many Phishing messages will try to get the recipient to react quickly.

Notice in the email below in an effort to 'personalize' the message, the salutation uses the email address.

Example:

From: Account Service <info@indieefox.com>
Date: October 24, 2017 at 11:00:59 AM CDT
To: bob smith <bobsmith@usi.edu>
Subject: Verify Your Mailbox

Dear bobsmith@usi.edu

1969MB

 

2000MB

 

We noticed your e-mail account has almost exceed it's limit. And you may not be able to send or receive messages any moment from now,

Click Here to renew your account 

 

NOTICE: 

failure to renew your e-mail account. It will be permanently disabled.

 

Thanks,

Account Service


We recently failed to validate your payment information we hold on record for your account, therefore we need to ask you to complete a brief validation process in order to verify your billing and payment details.

Click here to verify your account

 

Failure to complete the validation process will result in a suspension of your netflix membership.

 

We take every step needed to automatically validate our users, unfortunately in this case we were unable to verify your details.

 

This process will only take a couple of minutes and will allow us to maintain our high standard of account security.

 

Netflix Support Team

 

This message was mailed automatically by Netflix during routine security checks. We are not completely satisfied with your account information and required you to update your account to continue using our services uninterrupted.

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