EMAIL SPOOF INFORMATION
This is both a WARNING about a Phishing (or possibly worse) attempt AND a short Primer in email faking, or 'spoofing'
I received an email that is a blatant faking attempt - for what purpose, I do not know. (and shall not)
The subject email is PICTURED below - it is not the email itself, but a scree-shot of the email.
NOTE that it looks very much like something that would come from apple. It even shows “Apple” in the ‘from’ block; but that is NOT an Apple email address! <email@example.com>
IT DID NOT come from Apple! DO NOT BE FOOLED!
NOTE the From: and Reply To; address - it is NOT on the Apple domain; it is from someone that set up the domain “helpdiskservice.com”
AND HERE is a TRICK that everyone should know - HOLD your MOUSE-OVER (do NOT click!!) a LINK and after a short delay, the linked address will show up in a box at the mouse-cursor; shown below, the linked destination is NOT anything to do with Apple (nor anything to do with the FROM address) - it will go to http://www.umanginfotech.com/admin'images/help/
This works well for links in emails AND on web pages.
Another interesting thing to note - the /admin/images/help LOOKS to be ‘helpul’ - benign - another way they ‘ease’ you into feeling comfortable. It could even have the word “Apple” in the link - would not mean a thing - the DOMAIN itself is still “www.umanginfotech.com” - anything that FOLLOWS that domain name is ON THAT DOMAIN!
As an added bit of information - in case you are interested - anything that PRECEDES a Domain - as long as it is separated from that domain with a “dot” - is a SUB-DOMAIN of that Domain.
Hope this helps someone avoid an encounter with malware - either simple phishing, or malicious code run on your machine - this email could do any of it, if the link were clicked by you….
And remember, it might be Apple, Google, MasterCard - just about ANYTHING - can be embedded into a domain to make you THINK it has to do with something it does not.
questions: email me at: KenDay@DayComSolutions.com
Screenshot of subject email: