Google AdWords Phishing

Today, one of our call center employees forwarded me a phishing scam I hadn't seen before. It was a neat angle, though. Just thought I should mention it so nobody gets taken by it.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Update Your Billing Information
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2008 17:45:15 -0300
From: AdWords-NoReplay <>

This message was sent from a notification-only email address that does, not accept incoming email. Please do not reply to this message.


Dear Google AdWords Customer,

Your ads have stopped running because we were unable to process your billing information.

We will reactivate you account after you update your billing information.

In order to reactivate your account, please sign it to your account at <>, and update your billing information. Once your account is reactivated and your billing information has been processed, any your ads and campaigns can begin running immediately on Google.

Advertise your business on Google
No matter what your budget, you can display your ads on Google and our advertising network. Pay only if people click your ads.

The Google AdWords Team

Rather interesting angle on it, the bad grammar gave it away, as does the URL it actually linked to.


devtrench said…
This is one of the better phishing scams I've seen, and I almost thought it was legit until I saw the link (which also prompted me to remember that I don't have an adwords account for the email they sent it to). My spam filter caught it, and thunderbird said it was a scam, but it's written pretty well and I almost clicked the link. These people are jerks.

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