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Chapter 3 Phishing Attacks > Examine the Message

Examine the Message

After realizing that the message you receive is questionable, the best thing to do is to perform some detective work. This is the fun part, folks. Here is where you can examine the contents and see for yourself if the message that you received is authentic. Take a closer look at Figure 3.1. We notice that Gary’s message begins with a simple greeting, with a sentence that contains a considerable amount of bad grammar. The number of misspellings is typically a telltale sign of an illegitimate message, as it oftentimes looks like it was run through a bad foreign language dictionary. What’s particularly misleading in this message is that the link below the message first directs you to Facebook. This can give you a false sense of security, as these links can appear to point in one direction but content-wise lead you to an entirely different location on the Internet. The reply option within the message appears legitimate as well. In fact, if you were to click on it, it would take you directly to Facebook. Which in this particular....


  

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