Normally I wouldn’t make a blog post about a phishing email, but tonight I received one that didn’t get caught by Gmail’s spam filter. It had me believing it was real since I hadn’t seen phishing email pretending to be Twitter before.
The email was supposedly from the address “firstname.lastname@example.org” telling me my account was suspended for excessive following. You can see a screenshot the email to the right.
While I knew I hadn’t recently followed a bunch of people, I thought maybe someone had hacked my account and followed people and that the email might be legit, until I read that I needed to click a link to “complete some offers” for to avoid account suspension.
Further examination revealed the link to be “http://mexico.cnn.com/redirectComplete.php?url=//bit%2Ely/ouvgwt” which redirects to “http://emailus.it.tc/” where you can see offers to complete.
Obviously, not from Twitter. Beware.