Self Magazine Phishing exampleJust found a new phishing scam in an email. It was very well made.

It looks very legit, looking to renew my subscription. But, a few things stuck out.

First... I don't subscribe to Self Magazine. Then, there were a few other tip offs, like

Self Magazine Phishing example

Just found a new phishing scam in an email. It was very well made.

It looks very legit, looking to renew my subscription. But, a few things stuck out.

First... I don't subscribe to Self Magazine. Kiss

Then, there were a few other tip offs, like the return address being Self.us (instead of something like Self.com).  And, the servers MailScanner found several suspicious phishing links in the message and flagged them. (Click on image for larger view).  MailScanner conveniently flags, in red, any link that says it's one thing, but the code under it points elsewhere. The first one showed that they were Self.com, but really they were sending us to ct.Self.us.

The spammers/scammers/phishers are good. Smart, creative and incredibly deceptive.  They even put legitimate unsubscribe links on the bottom of the email so I could unsubscribe from the REAL Self.com mailing list.  Also, somehow they knew that the email address they sent this to did at one time have a subscription to Self associated with it.  So, they must have gotten that info from somewhere.  Likely the magazine subscription companies sold their list, like so many other crappy companies looking for some extra bucks.

Keep an eye out for this crap.  If you are using Seven Sages servers, our MailScanner will try to flag these suspicious links (if the whole message doesn't just get trashed by the spam filters).  If you don't use us, just be extra careful with any email looking for you to update your info, or renew or purchase anything.  When in doubt, DON'T follow links in the email.  Instead, go to the website directly using your browser.

Or, better yet.  Ignore it as junkmail. And maybe think about setting up your email with Seven Sages to get a better handle on junkmail. (stupid shameless plug)