Beware the undelivered e-mail phishing scam

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The undelivered e-mail phishing scam can appear in your inbox with a variety of titles, our latest is, “Undelivered E-mail. You have 9 pending E-mails.”

There’s not a day that goes by that a phishing scam isn’t happening somewhere in the world. Like it or not, the use of the e-mail phishing scam works because it’s initial presentation can startle you into taking the bait. The undelivered e-mail phishing scam isn’t new but it does take on a new look from time-to-time.

The undelivered e-mail phishing scam can appear in your inbox with a variety of titles, our latest is, “Undelivered E-mail. You have 9 pending E-mails.” In this case, the email scammers attempted to make the e-mail look legit by inserting an image that claims the message was “sent from a trusted sender.”

Another tactic these messages use is pasting in the Microsoft logo to make it look as if Microsoft e-mail services is emailing you. They even include a return path of secureserver.net which is used to try and fool you to think the message is legit. Unfortunately, many people do fall for this phishing scam and end up clicking on the provided visual link.

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Example of the undelivered e-mail phishing scam

We didn’t actually click on these links so we can’t say for sure where they go or what they contain. Rest assured, it’s nothing you would want to click so the best thing you can do is delete these messages. If you happen to get these messages at your place of employment, your best course of action is to forward the message to computer security.

The key to these phishing scams working is taking the target off guard. The undelivered e-mail scam is designed to catch you not thinking and wondering what messages may have not been sent. Remember, these scammers use every attempt to make these messages look legit. If you’re ever in doubt, contact your computer security team right away or just ignore and delete the message.

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