Spam? Oh yeah! First off, the wording “congestion in our database system”? As an IT person, I was already laughing.
While the font was good, the other warning was the four questions you are reply to. Really?
I decided to use it as an educational tool.
If you have Gmail, and you aren’t sure something you received is real, do this:
See that Reply button? Click the arrow next to it.
Click the “Show Original” option. It is going to show you the entire message header – or all of the technical stuff needed to get email from point A to point B. Don’t be scared as it will show you why this email is not from Google.
For me, the first thing that jumped out was that first big red box. The ‘return path’ of that email isn’t
It’s sukoandseunboy.com….hmm….interesting. Guess it’s a good reason not to hit reply.
And the full Received path kinda confirms that for me. Doubt Gmail is using domains ending in “.net”.
In the second square, that is what Gmail uses to try to see if it is spam. Notice their results are “neutral” meaning they went ahead and delivered it as they weren’t sure. Reporting this as phishing should help them with this in the future.
If I wasn’t sure, I would look for the X-Sender which will tell me the real “From” of the email. Notice it is the same was the return-path. Yep, definitely spam.
I did resist the temptation to send this back to them:
But doubted they needed the encouragement.
Instead, I hit that little arrow next to the Reply button – and selected “Report Phishing”.
At least it will help Gmail’s spam filter get smarter.