Phishing

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Today I almost fell for this. I received an email from the HM Revenue & Customs at 9:11 in the morning saying I’d received a tax refund for £988.50. Now the timing here is important. In the morning my brain takes a while to start working. This morning was no different and I didn’t think twice about this emails ‘simple’ html layout and clicked the link. Now if the above page had not been there I would have ignorantly proceeded to ultimately entering in my bank details to regain my refund.

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Clicking through to the fake HM Revenue website, my addled morning brain wouldn’t have even noticed the dodgy design. Only the url – www.fromslavecamptofreedom.com/ – would have given it away.

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Clicking on a bank icon takes you to a page that is skinned exactly like your bank’s page. Again it’s only the url that gives it away.

In a very similar way I did this with the notebooks project. However rather than designed for scamming someone, the person was scamming me.