21 dec 2011
If I buy something on sales.com the response mail should come from sales.com and all links within the mail should be to sales.com. Anything else looks as a fishing attempt, and it might as well be.
People who have been exposed to fishing or other scams on the Internet often wonder that the page they visited looked very professional and reliable. Because scammers and fraudsters are fully capable of creating a professional and credible appearance on their web pages. It is difficult to discern, difficult to understand, also because a lot of the ‘good’ pages do the same: they make use of alternative urls and external web services such as payment and surveys, where it is not clear that you are transfered to another web domain.Similarly are companies, organizations and ... yes, almost everybody ... sending huge amounts of emails that are auto-generated on one of their servers or through one of the many mail service providers. It may be newsletters, receipts, instructions, etc., and all these mail have in common that they are confusingly similar to fishing mails. In the same way as emails apparently coming from Barclays or eBay actually link to pages like www.barclays.co.uk.brccontrol.taskstart.nastyfishingscam.us
A quick look at the news and service mails in the last 2 weeks shows that more than half of the mails are linking to web sites other sites than the sender. All of these may well be completely fine. And I have not experienced any irregularities. And some of them links are to widely used newsmail service providers. The point is, however, there’s no change that I could check it is reliable. And senders never told me, that I would get emails from others.
Half of the mail has non matching urls
Here’s some examples:
enfocus.com: tools.emailgarage.comBasically, there is no excuse, except that it is a little harder to make correspondence between the sender of newsletters and links within it. The good part of the story is that approximately half of the emails I get (the other half), seems to care about this issue.