The practice of spoofing is nothing new. In the internet age, the term has come to mean any email from a fraudulent source pretending to be from another source. In other words, an email from a hacker that looks just like one from your bank that tells you to click on a link to confirm your purchase by logging into your account.
Obviously, the purpose of these emails is to trick people into giving their login information to a nefarious character who can then sell it on the dark web or try any number of other sites to see if you’ve used the same login info for your bank, credit report and whatever else is on the net.
Some of these emails are very well done, with graphics and text that look just like the real thing.
Then there’s the one I received today that claimed to be from Capital One. The level of ineptitude of this email was stunning.
The errors started right off with the subject line of the email.
Spell the bank wrong and two lazy keying errors and I’m one line in.
I would think that a real email from them would use the actual Capital One logo, but they opted to just use boldface type for one part and italics for the second half of the name. The repeating of “exclusive” is also a tell that this is not real.
Then there was the bottom of the email where you’d expect to see a link to unsubscribe but instead, there was this.
When I hovered over the sender of the email, here was the email address I found.
Cause that looks like an email that would come from Capital One.
I did what any responsible person would do. I forwarded the email to Capital One’s fraud department.
Whatever you do, if you receive an email like this, don’t click on anything. If you want to be safe, just delete it immediately. If you’re sure you can do so safely, forward it to the bank/business/whatever’s fraud dept. They’re easy to find if you just Google the company name and spoof email.
I’ve gotten many of these types of emails. Some are pretty convincing but it’s been a while since I got one that was this bad.
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