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Phishing E-Mails: What To Look For

Phishing E-Mails: What To Look For - The Beacon


By: Tom

Phishing E-Mails: What To Look For

If anyone has been surfing the World Wide Web for any length of time, and has an e-mail account, eventually you’ll receive phishing e-mails “fishing” for your personal information.   Just to let you know, your Better Business Bureau isn’t exempt from receiving such e-mails, we want to share one such e-mail. 

This e-mail is fairly common, and thankfully it was caught in our spam filter.


To :

Subject : {Activate Your Account}

Date: 08/15/2013 07:30 EDT

Technical Service Upgrade

We at Technical Support are presently upgrading all webmail account(s) to our new server platform which has been changed to ensure continued vendor support, compliance with relevant legislation of services, redundancy and service continuity in functioning better in our service platform were all subscribers will enjoy an increased quota to 1GB.

In this regard, your webmail account is in the process of being upgraded to a new set of Windows-based servers and an enhanced online webmail interface inline with our infrastructure maintenance. The new set of servers will provide better anti-spam and anti-virus function, along with IMAP support for mobile devices that support IMAP to enhance your usage.

To ensure that webmail account is not intermittently disrupted but active during and after this upgrade, you are required to confirm your webmail account(s) login details by stating:

* Email Address:

* Password:

As this will prompt the upgrade of your account. All unconfirmed accounts as duly requested above, will be temporally deactivated from webmail database until after confirmation.

Please take note. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Technical Support

© 2013 webmail , All Rights Reserved.

Many of these e-mails have misspellings in the body of the e-mail.  In this e-mail, there is one, can you find it? 

Your BBB suggests that you check with your internet provider to see if they offer spam filtering.  As always, we suggest you insure that your anti-virus software and definitions are up-to-date as well as anti-malware software and definitions.

Sometimes, these types of e-mails get past your filters, and as a precaution, never click on any links from with the e-mail, but copy and paste any URL into your browser.  Hover your mouse over the address of the sender to insure that the e-mail is coming from the source and not a spoofed e-mail account. 

Unfortunately, if your computer becomes infected, and you can’t remove the malicious intrusion, you may need to seek the service of a computer technician to remove it. 

Your BBB wants to remind that phishers are looking for your personal information for malicious purposes.  So never give personal information to anyone you don’t know. 

For more information you can trust on safe surfing, visit

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Tom is Vice President for the Tri-State Better Business Bureau. In addition to answering the needs of our accredited businesses, Tom can be seen on WEVV providing tips for businesses and consumers. He also works closely with other local media outlets to keep our community informed of marketplace issues affecting our area.