The following email at the bottom of this page looks very legitimate, which reveals the level of sophistication that spear phishing has reached.  The accompanying message, directly below, from the FCC is a warning to users who may have come across similar emails.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Network Security Operations Center (NSOC) has identified a new spear phishing attempt.  Spear Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending emails from what appears to be a known or trusted sender in order to convince targeted individuals to reveal protected information or to click on a malicious link.  

FCC uses software and tools designed to mitigate this particular type of email spam on the FCC network; however, email delivered to personal accounts circumvent the preventive software. 

As a result, it is imperative that users remain vigilant in helping us to further identify such cases. Users are reminded to be suspicious of any emails that you are not expecting.  Specifically, users should be aware of any recent emails with attributes similar to the following; please be aware that a message of this format may have also been delivered to your personal e-mail account as well:

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