All of these arrived in my inbox today; many are duplicated versions of the same message with minor changes.
Dear info,Cathleen Holcomb asked me to send you the attached Word document, which contains the final version of the report.Please let me know if you have any trouble with the file, and please let Cathleen know if you have any questions about the contents of the report.Kind regardsAlisa HarperManaging Director
Notice that all of these emails begin with “Dear Info,” since the relevant address is “email@example.com.” This in itself should be a red flag.
Dear info:Thank you for your email regarding your order of 21 June, and sorry for the delay in replying. I am writing to confirm receipt of your order, and to inform you that the item you requested will be delivered by 25 June at the latest. If you require more information regarding this order, please do not hesitate to contact me.Also, our records show that we have not yet received payment for the previous order of 11 June, so I would be grateful if you could send payment as soon as possible. Please find attached the corresponding invoice.If there is anything else you require, our company would be pleased to help. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.Yours sincerelyBenjamin MartinChief Executive Officer
Information. A report. An invoice with request for payment. A spreadsheet. All looking innocuous and legitimate.
Dear info,The reference you requested is attached.Let me know if you have any questions.Best regardsErma FrederickCEO
No matter how official emails like this look, you should verify every detail before proceeding.
Dear info,Our records show that we have not yet received payment for the previous order #A-393685Could you please send payment as soon as possible?Please find attached file for details.Yours sincerelyJami GarrettMexico Key Account Director
Be careful out there.
The Old Wolf has spoken.