A few days ago I got an email from what appeared to be The Taylor Group, a market research firm, asking me to participate in a customer satisfaction survey about Verizon, which I have an account with – easy to figure out since my primary email address ends in “verizon.net” – and the email return address looked legit when I moused over it. There were links in the email to participate, and an offer of a chance to win a $50 gift certificate, plus a deadline by which to take up the offer.
I ignored it anyway, and a day or two later I got a followup email, asking again that I participate before the deadline mentioned in the first email. Again, looked legit, no spelling or grammatical mistakes, couched in market researcher level language, complete with a link at the bottom to click if I didn’t want to get any further solicitations. We’ve all seen those, right?
But… I have a nasty suspicious mind, so I Googled the firm name, and found there is indeed a Taylor Group that does market research. Except that its URL domain name is not exactly the same as the one showing in the email. And further Googling revealed a handful of alerts on a couple of Verizon users’ forums about a phishing scheme using The Taylor Group’s identity.
A, as they say, ha.
Now, this was convincingly done. Not crude like the Nigerian princes, much more legit-looking. So be careful out there, folks.