Cofense has come across a particularly seductive phishing scam that uses the lure of a wage increase to entice workers to spill their Microsoft Office 365 credentials.

The spoofed email differs little from other varieties used in phishing attacks, except this one purportedly comes from a corporate human resources department regarding a company-wide pay hike to which the intended victim is entitled, wrote Milo Salvia, of the Cofense Phishing Defense Center.

“It is not uncommon, of course, for companies to increase salaries throughout the year. As a result, it wouldn’t be uncommon for an email like this to appear in an employee’s mailbox. Human curiosity compels users to click the embedded link,” he wrote.

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