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Is this real?

June 24, 2014 by Sue Weier

No, it's not, but it's difficult to tell without a second look.  One of my colleagues forwarded me this very realistic phishing email.  Often, you can recognize a phishing email because the layout is poor, or the terminology used is unusual.  This phishing email looks authentic, and even contains accurate logos for the company that is being spoofed.  It's very believable... until you look closely.

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  • At first glance the email appears to be from Verizon Wireless.  However, if you look closely at the "From", the email was actually 
  • When I rolled over the two links in the email, both had a URL registered in Italy (.it). The name of the website wasn't Verizon, nor anything that sounded reasonable. 

This phishing email hit 3 accounts in a matter of minutes.  It was likely sent all over campus, and may even be in your Inbox now.   My spam filters on Wiscmail did not catch it, although they usually do a pretty good job. 

Please be cautious when looking at unexpected emails, and remember to roll over the links before you click on them.



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