10 Most clicked phishing email subject lines

10 Most clicked phishing email subject lines

Phishing email messages, websites, and phone calls are designed to steal money. Cyber criminals can do this by installing malicious software on your computer or stealing personal information off of your computer.

Cyber criminals also use social engineering to convince you to install malicious software or hand over your personal information under false pretenses. They might email you, call you on the phone, or convince you to download something off of a website.

According to Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report, two-thirds of all malware was installed via email attachments in 2016. 60% of malware was packaged in JavaScript attachments. With a lot of people still not fully aware of the risks posed by these emails, the number of successful exploits is on the rise. Here we have a list of the ten most clicked subject lines on emails that contain malicious software.

The top ten most clicked subject lines were:

  1. Official Data Breach Notification
  2. UPS Label Delivery 1ZBE312TNY00015011
  3. IT Reminder: Your Password Expires in Less Than 24 Hours
  4. Change of Password Required Immediately
  5. Please Read Important from Human Resources
  6. All Employees: Update your Healthcare Info
  7. Revised Vacation & Sick Time Policy
  8. Quick company survey
  9. A Delivery Attempt was made
  10. Email Account Updates


A lot of the things on the list, seem like things that most people would click on, but the people who create these emails know exactly how to target. They will try to personalise the content as much as possible to fool people into believing its real.

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