How to recognize a phishing email - part II


Here is an example of another common type of phishing email.  Don't be fooled by these tricks!  Phishing emails are trying to trick you into revealing your account ID & Password so that they can use that info to send out email from your account, and do harm!


From: "Bryant, Davina A." <>  [Here is your first clue: it did not come from an address]
Date: March 25, 2013, 4:12:50 PM EDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: 2013 Email Admin system!!!   [Usually there will be a generic subject that looks scary]

As part of our 2013 Upgrade E-mail Security, Admin Support Helpdesk require immediate update on  your account information. This is to further boost the storage capacity of your mailbox and to enhance it's ability to receiving and sending emails.  [Another clue:  doesn't this look sketchy?  If you are not sure about something, contact OCCS!  Don't fall for it!]

To reactivate your account CLICK HERE<'t-click-on-it>  [Usually there will be a sketchy looking URL here, the key is that it is not an address.  If you don't see HTTPS or ODU.EDU, then be wary!]

Note that failure to comply to this directives within 24 hours by updating and upgrading you mailbox will leave the administration with no option but to suspend your account from receiving further emails.   [The opposite is true!  If you fall for this scam, OCCS will have no choice but to suspend your account until you update your password!]

Thank you for your cooperation.
© 2013 Email Admin system.   [Looks pretty generic!  It doesn't mention ODU or OCCS, so don't fall for it!]

Posted By: Aaron Smith
Date: Tue Apr 16 09:44:30 EDT 2013