Skillbuilder:Problem Solving

Let's Go Phishing! (the Cybersecurity kind)

Effort: 10 minutes

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Your classmate receives the following email in their inbox and is about to reply before they ask you to take a look at it. Help them identify the signs that this is a "phishing attack" instead of a real Google support email. You can simply type the list below of every "clue" you find or screenshot the email and draw / sketch on it to label the clues. Either way, it's your job to clear identify as many red flags or clues as you can.



Date: Friday, December 19, 2021 at 10:45 AM

Subject: Your Google account has been hacked, Yourname

Dear Your Name,

My name is Chester Betts and I am IT Administrater for Google. Your account was flagged as having been hacked by someone in New Zealand last night at 11:39 PM.

To protect your account and personal information, we have locked your account. To unlock your Google account, please reply to this email directly within the next 24 hours or your Gmail account and all emails will be deleted.

Please submit:

  1. Your old password

  2. A new password with at least one uppercase letter, number, and special character

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me or call us toll free: +1-650-206-5555


Chester B. and the Google Support Team

IMPORTANT: This email contains access to your personal information. Do not forward it to anyone else. Reply only to the Google Support Representative who sent you this email. By continuing, you agree Google can uses your answers,
account & system info to improve services, per our Privacy & Terms.

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