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(Phishing) 07/12/2017 Quota Limit

07/12/17 Example

This email was sent out on 07/12/2017 trying to steal email address login information. There are a couple of intial red flags just after reading the email, even without further investigating:

  • To avoid being block click on the link
  • This grammer is terrible for an automated message.
  • Click Here To Validate
  • "Click here" links in emails should always be avoided.
  • Oregon State University Webmaster Email Technical Support
  • We're just the "Service Desk"

Here are some additional ways we can tell this email is fake:

Sender Address

The sender is not even close to an admin email from Oregon State, it doesn't even say @oregonstate.edu. Keep in mind that even if an email address is an @oregonstate.edu email address, that doesn't make it safe. Email addresses can be spoofed and manipulated to seem like legitimate emails, even when they are not. That is why it is important to look at the context of the email and any hyperlinks in it.


The validation email link does not go to an Oregon State, but instead goes to a seemingly random "webhostapp" page. Logging in here will do nothing but give someone your account information.

Even their "www.oregonstate.edu" link doesnt even go to Oregon State University, but instead goes to the malicious web page.

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