Worst Phishing Attempt Ever!

I have been meaning to provide an update for a while now, I have to do something to keep up with Neira!

Just before launching this website we uploaded a short video highlighting how to spot a 419/Nigerian/Advance Fee scam and while it wasn’t a bad attempt it was still easy to spot from a mile away…This morning I opened my inbox and, on occasion, I check my spam for anything interesting and I felt compelled to share this one with you all as it is pure comedy…

Worst phishing attempt ever, I mean really come on!

Ignoring the fact that I have no account with Western Union…

  • From “WesterUnion” no space between the words Western and Union
  • Subject: “Update Profil” What’s a profil? How do you update such a thing?
  • False URLs See popup when hanging the cursor over the apparent link to Western Union
  • “If you have any questions contact U.S.” Anyone in particular in the U.S? Henry Kissinger perhaps?

Major #fail.


About Darren Hodder

Darren HodderDarren is the director of Fraud Consulting Ltd, which was incorporated in July 2009 to provide vendor neutral fraud consultancy services to clients covering financial services, banking, telecommunications and insurance industries, both in the UK and internationally.

His experience ranges from working on single portfolio in-house solutions through to national fraud bureaux and data sharing initiatives. Prior to his current position Darren worked for Experian Decision Analytics (EDA) where he held various roles within the Fraud & Identity Solutions and Global Technology groups over a 10 year period.

Darren is an active member of the Fraud Advisory Panel, IAFCI and the ACFE. He is also a member of the editorial board for E-Finance & Payments Law & Policy published by Cecile Park Publishing.

Follow Darren on twitter: @FraudAssist