Your mailbox has exceeded the storage limit

Another twist on the very active campaigns designed to trick users into providing their email account logins and passwords arrives with the warning:

Subject:      Your mailbox has exceeded the storage limit

The sending addresses are randomly generated, typically coming from hijacked web site mail servers, but the content of these Phishing fraud emails are pretty simple:

Your mailbox has exceeded the storage limit which is 20GB as set by your administrator, you are currently running on 20.9GB,To re-validate your mailbox Clickhere:  or copy this(http://bit.ly/a8zCsk ) and past in your browser to increase your mailbox size or you loose your account within 24 hours. System Administrator Center.

The twist with this identity theft attempt is that rather than including an attachment these spammers are relying on the ubiquity of URLs that include the “bit.ly” domain (made famous by Twitter) as a way to trick and redirect the reader to the sites that are hosting the bogus forms you’re supposed to complete in order to “re-validate” your mailbox.

We don’t know how effective this will be at tricking recipients, but the use of the “bit.ly” domain will no doubt allow the spammers much better penetration through many common spam filtering systems.

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