An Anatomy of Phishing…

I get several of these spam emails daily, of people trying to disguise themselves as someone they are not for the purposes of getting your banking information.

Be careful, never click the links. Some can even execute code remotely on your computer, which can give you a virus, keylogger, or malware…


This particular one stood out. For several reasons:

1. They used FDIC (a Goverment Agency)

2. The email masking was very sophisticated (in your email client you don’t notice until you look at the HTML code of the message)

3. They made a couple big mistakes (see below)

4. They were somehow able to send it by routing  it through Gmail’s servers (they take quite a bit of protection against this sort of thing)


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Brent Lacy

Youth Pastor. Web Designer. Homeschool Dad. Former Child Abuse Investigator. IT Technician. Writer. Lock-in Survivor. Rural Ministry Advocate. These all describe the experiences and stories that are part of Brent Lacy’s time in ministry. Brent grew up on 160 acres of corn, soybeans and cattle in Southern Illinois. He is currently a Rural Ministry Specialist with National Network of Youth Ministry (NNYM), based in Rockville, Indiana where he lives with his beautiful wife and three awesome kids in the Covered Bridge Capital of the World! His book "Rural Youth Ministry: Thrive Where You're Planted" is available at and on the Kindle Store.

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