This Phish Ain’t Byte-ing

February 16, 2011 at 11:19 pm 4 comments

(Click here to read “No Phishing Here.)

Wow, I can’t believe it!  No sooner do I write about phishing when I actually get a phishing e-mail!

Because this is one of the more sophisticated (deceptive) ones,  I took these pictures to show you a phishing e-mail and the site it will take you to if you take their bait.

Phishing Clues

This is a phishing e-mail posing as PayPal.  It looks very much like a real PayPal e-mail, logo, disclaimers, and all.  Notice how the Scammers try to frighten you into acting immediately.

PayPal Phishing Letter

Phishing Letter posing as PayPal

  • Mistake #1: The con artists sent this to an e-mail different from my PayPal’s.
  • Mistake #2: They never use my actual name nor e-mail address.

Other clues I marked in pink on the e-mail here.

So…What Happens If I Clicked On That Link?

You know the old saying “Curiosity killed the cat, and satisfaction brought him back?” Well, this curious computer cat decided to find out.  Using a special “safe” computer for protection, I did just that. The link took me to this site:

Is It Butter or Parkay?

Spoofed PayPal Site
This is a spoofed PayPal web site. Take a look at the web address.                                                                                                                                                                                    .
The real PayPal web page.                                         .
Now this is the real PayPal.com web page.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               .

The top image is the fake PayPal site. It looks just like the real PayPal, don’t it?  But, if you look at the web address on the top of the Internet browser, you’ll see it is not going to http://www.paypal.com at all.  Creating fake sites to look like legitimate ones is called spoofing.

There are some slight visual differences, but on the spoof site the only links that work are the ones to enter your PayPay account and password.  Everything else is just one big picture.

So now you know what a phishing e-mail and a spoof site look like.

Epilogue

PayPal has on their web site (the real site) a place to report phishing and spoofing.  Being a good Citizen Kitty, all the information you have just seen I also sent to PayPal.com so they can be aware of this latest scam.

So enjoy the Internet & Stay Safe!

–cc, The Computer Cat

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