Top 10 Phishing Email Subject Lines

How many emails do you receive each day? Did you know that one out of every 99 emails is a phishing attack? Phishing emails are everywhere and are still the most consistently effective cyberattack method we see daily. The subject lines are tricky as they appear to be legitimate emails that would generally be in your inbox, and it takes utmost vigilance and awareness to not click right on through one of these emails. To become more vigilant and cyber-aware, let’s take a look at the top 10 phishing email subject lines from Q1 of 2022.

These top 10 phishing email subject lines catch your attention but are so “normal” that many would not even question the validity! Most of these subjects trigger an emotional response to create some urgency to dig deeper and open the email.


  • HR: New Requirements Tracking Covid Vaccinations
  • IT: Software Update
  • Password Check Required Immediately
  • Google Forms: Your Voice Engagement Survey
  • HR: Vacation Policy Update
  • Zoom: You Missed a Zoom Meeting
  • HR: Important: Dress Code Changes
  • Project Notice
  • Acknowledge Your Appraisal
  • Dropbox: Updates About Your Account


As you can see, these subject lines are not out of the ordinary or flashy at all. They grab your attention and trick you into not thinking about the validity and just click. That is why phishing emails are so consistently effective. It is so important to always be vigilant and question everything. Look for anything that may not seem right. Hover over any links before clicking and thoroughly examine the URL. If you suspect anything, err on the side of caution, and be sure to reach out to your Pendello Solutions Team with any questions!