Sample Phishing Email - No Confirmed - iTunes Gift Card $100 to ...If you receive this crafty email similar to below, then it beware it's probably a phishing email attempt that is recently going around. What to do? Report them, goto bottom of page.
Action > Report the Phishing URL to Google now, click this link
Subject : No Confirmed - iTunes Gift Card $100 to (email@example.com) Your receipt No.59999999 Your receipt No.1133944444
It may take a few moments for this transaction to appear in your account.
How to tell this is a Phishing email ?
- Is email is from you to you, then it's phishing.
- Hover over all links in email, if it's not from the apple.com site then forget it.
Reading email in Outlook generated pop-up "Click to follow link"
In above example, all the links and source images seem to be from Apple website except the iforgot.apple.com link.
You can test this in the above example, since I crafted that from source HTML of the phishing email. Try it, hover over links to examine the source URL. Note: I have re-coded iforgot.apple.com to report itunesgoold.com as phishing site to Google.
In the original phishing email, hovering over iforgot.apple.com pointed to spam site itunesgoold.com. The correct link when you hover over iforgot.apple.com should be http://iforgot.apple.com.
- The best way is to look at message source, see below.
How to examine Email Message Source ?Now lets look at message source
- Outlook.com->Actions->View Message Source.
- Gmail.com->More (down arrow to top right)->Show original.
For this phony email, well look at the top 25 lines of the message, known formally as the "message header".
At line 23 you have Return-Path: firstname.lastname@example.org
and is suspect because domain was registered in Italy (.it) and nothing to do with Apple.
Aruba.it is being investigate for a Paypal phishing and has reported links to Italian Mafia.
These are valid return-paths for Apple
- Return-Path: email@example.com
- Return-Path: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why look at "Return-Path"? When the e-mail is put in the recipient's mailbox, a new mail header is created with the name "Return-Path:" containing the address on the MAIL FROM command. So it's a quick hit to determine authenticity.
Report Phishing Email (not as Spam)
- Outlook.com->Junk (at Top)->Phishing Scam
- Gmail.com->More (downarrow to top right)->Report Phishing