This is how scam emails are being sophisticated so that we think they are from Microsoft (or others) and not a hoax




Something funny happens with phishing. On the one hand, people who know the tricks that scammers often use to deceive and that emails or messages appear real and legitimate, truly coming from a great company. On the other hand, it has always been said that scammers prefer a middle ground, that is, make an email have certain flaws in order to find victims who go to the end of the scam and are not half suspicious.



Today we will talk about the first part, that is, about how email practices complicate over time to make scams less obvious. Thanks to Chuiso (@chuisochuisez) we have known a new way to cheat with the sender.






Playing with CC and BCC, a visual form of deception





Microsoft Scam





Thanks to an email received by Chuido, he discovered that emails sent by a hotmail address, rdvon****@hotmail.com, seemed to be sent by user@microsoft.com. What was really happening is that user@microsoft.com, which is a valid Microsoft address, was inserted in the CC box of the email. He, Chuido, the real recipient of the scam, had been included in CCO, in a way that was hidden.



With this, at least his email client, displayed the information in a way that seemed to come from Microsoft. It may not appear like this in other clients, but it is something to keep in mind when advising on ways to detect phishing. The best thing, in any case, is to click on the names or buttons that give us more details, to see who the real sender is, which will always be visible in one way or another.







It's 2021, but avoiding many phishing scams is still as simple as reading carefully






If we look at the content of the email, the evidence that it is phishing is very clear. The font is not the one used by Microsoft in its communications, nor the shape of the "Verify now" button, etc. The button's destination web is also especially hideous aesthetically, in a way that Microsoft would not have programmed even in the year 2000.