Scary Washington Mutual Online Phish

Another scary phish in my mailbox (my last was “Scary Chase Online Phish”). This one, targeting Washington Mutual (WaMu) customers showed up yesterday:


Looks pretty darned good. The message is consistent with a phish, especially the “If we do not receive the appropriate account verification within 48 hours” part, where they threaten to suspend the account. Sense of urgency, and all that.

Let’s look for trouble. Mousing over the renewal ‘IdentityManagement’ URL reveals:


You’ll note that while the link looks legitimate (https even), the mouse over shows you’d be sent to an IP site that redirected to another (now-defunct) IP site.

The other URLs on the page are legitimate:



Which is typical; these sites will pull content from legitimate links to support their illusion.

Don’t be fooled by these.

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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