I am a mobile application developer using
Microsoft Azure with my
MSDN subscription to develop my back-end of the application.
So given my above background this email seems to be correct. But there are a few red flags here for me:
- The email was sent from firstname.lastname@example.org. Doing a WhoIs on clickdimensions.com I can see no connection to Microsoft
- The email starts "Dear Customer" instead of "Dear [My Name]" another red flag for me
- There is no mention of the name of the VM in question which is strange
- It is very strange that I have to reply to an email to keep my VM alive, what am I even supposed to write in the reply?
I haven't clicked the link but it seems to link to a clickdimensions site and I haven't replied to the email. I am confused to what the payload is if this is infact a phishing scam.
Is this a phishing scam or just a badly written Microsoft email?
What should I be looking out for when identifying a phishing email?