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Is this real???
Debunking Email Scams

The items listed below are examples of recent phishing or other fake email scams that are being circulated.

Delete the message. Do not reply to it. Do not click on any links in it.

It's been a busy week for fake emails: eight big phishing emails have come in so far. Here they are:


Subject: FedEx Phish

December 8, 2014

Fedex Phishing

Subject: Amazon.Com and Southwest Airlines

AUGUST 6, 2014

AT AROUND 5:30 PM, some people received emails claiming to be from Amazon.com and Southwest Airlines. Both look like customer satisfaction surveys and pretend to offer gift cards ranging from $25-$100. The URLs shown in the messages aren't even masked -- they clearly show that the links don't go to Amazon or Southwest. Do not click on these links.

Screenshot of Email:


Subject: Vanguard Investment Notice

AUGUST 6, 2014

AT AROUND 1:40 PM, some people received an email that claims to be from Vangaurd Investments. Although it looks real, it is fake and dangerous. (The "please click here" link in the paragraph actually goes to a website called CanadianRabbitHoppingClub.com. That doesn't seem like a real Vanguard site!) 

Screenshot of Email:

Vanguard fake


Subject: Greetings and From Mr Lam Kasy...

AUGUST 5, 2014

AT AROUND 1:00 AM, many people received an email that claims that they had inheritances or could get rich in investments with the decedent's estate -- both are allegedly from Cambodia. These are fake -- it seems that Cambodian deaths are the new Nigerian prince scams.

Screenshot of Email:

Fake inheritance emails from Cambodia


Subject: Confirm your webmail.......

AUGUST 4, 2014

AT AROUND 11:00 PM, many people received an email that claims that their email accounts need to be "confirmed." This is fake -- IRT does not send such emails, the "From" address is in Greece, the "To" address isn't correct, and the copyright notice at the bottom claims that it's from a company called Administrator.

Screenshot of Email:

Fake email notification email from Greece


Subject: Mailbox quota.......

AUGUST 4, 2014

AT AROUND 9:00, many people received an email that claims that their email quota has been reached. This is fake -- IRT does not send such emails, the "From" address isn't one that Drexel would use for such a message, and the copyright notice at the bottom claims that it's from Microsoft.

Screenshot of Email:

Fake mail quota