Thanks for purchase Apple iPhone 7 256GB Gold [or how to spot phishing schemes]

Hotmail seems woefully incapable of blocking spam and phishing, so if you have a Hotmail/Outlook Mail email you will likely get plenty of messages like this:

Thanks for purchase Apple iPhone 7 256GB Gold

But wait, you didn’t purchase a 256GB Gold iPhone 7 did you? So let’s look at this message and see what’s up:

#1 check the sender details

Hover your mouse over the sender, checkout that address!

Hover your mouse over the sender, checkout that address!

#2 hover over the hyperlinks to see if they actually point to PayPal

That hyperlink is not to PayPal

That hyperlink is not to PayPal

#3 determine that it is definitely a phishing email!

#4 report it to Microsoft

Report that phishing scam :-)

Report that phishing scam 🙂

That’s it. You have done a good deed for the day and you managed to stay phishing free 😉

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