I receive lots of spam and unwanted email messages every day, which does slow down my business productivity because some of it reaches my inbox where I need to make a decision to read it or delete it. Today I received an email with subject line: Tualatin Web Voice Receiver for Daniel. OK, so that identifies my business and first name, sounds like an OK message, except for the grammar is odd with the word Receiver.
I don’t know the sender, Alicia Madison, and the message body contains no business name, but it does have my first and last name. My Android phone has voice mail and my home phone also has voice mail, but they don’t send out email messages like this, so I’m quite suspicious.
When I click on the sender address it reveals: firstname.lastname@example.org
I don’t have an account with alignerreminder.com, so I’m pretty sure that this is yet another phishing attempt to steal my login credentials. When I hover over the blue button, it links to some address at alignerreminder.com, a web site that doesn’t even load in a browser.
This was yet another phishing scheme that wanted me to click the Blue Button and then login, stealing my credentials that would be used to hack some other legitimate account, assuming that I used the same password, a big no no in the security world.
Take caution with email, any legitimate email from a trusted vendor will have properties like these:
- First and Last name
- Account number
- Vendor logo
- Vendor contact information
- Unsubscribe link
- Proper English grammar