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MCC Phishing Emails

     

netmeg

3:57 pm on Dec 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Received an email today saying one of the accounts in my MCC had gone dark and I needed to log in to re-enable it. Of course, it was a phishing attempt trying to direct me to google-ob.com or some such. And, of course, we're all too savvy to fall for such a thing, but I thought I'd mention it. It *did* come to my AdWords account email address, which is not used for anything else, nor generally known.

engine

4:10 pm on Dec 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I too have had such messages addressed to e-mail accounts only used for Google AdWords. It's possible it was guessed, but unlikely.

There aren't many places it could have come from, unless someone is sniffing e-mail addresses, form somewhere. Now that's a concern.

Trav

6:08 pm on Dec 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Got one here as well, viewing the headers, originated from udel.edu? Curiously, I don't think that the address I received the message at is one that I use for google anything... it's an address that I use for things like FB, Twitter etc...

fugmenot98

2:43 pm on Dec 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Got one yesterday too but from www.google-mcc.com

netmeg

3:50 pm on Dec 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Heh, I sent a copy of mine to support, and this morning got back a long automated primer on how not to fall for phishing emails.

I sure wish, along with the GAP certification, they gave us a special super secret email address where we could bypass front line support. I've got a sticky note up on my wall now of names of reps with whom I will NOT deal if they answer one of my support concerns. Just added another one.

creative craig

4:32 pm on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I have had a lot of those over the last 10 days.

All the URLS are Google-xx.com the XX being changed to all different two letter combinations.

Looks fairly convincing the in the wording and the way it is sent out etc...

thegreatpretender

12:44 pm on Dec 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Let say one fell for this, what will happen to the account?

The scammer creates campaigns for viarga and bids 100$/click and then...

anallawalla

11:02 pm on Dec 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I too got one sent to my Google MCC address which isn't used for normal email but I use it for some minor activities, e.g. Orkut.

I too have a GAP and I wonder if one of the GAP lists can be harvested?

achshar

9:18 pm on Dec 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Same here i also had email and reported it.. but in my case the email is used *only* for my google account. i take spl care of that the emial dosent go away and nor do i make any kind of social activity (comment) etc over that account. I would really like to know where did they got my email from plus most importantly how did they knew i had an active adwords account...

Structuralist

2:26 pm on Jan 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I got one today. It said that Google's servers had crashed and that I should check to see if my ads were running and click on the link to confirm they were working 100%.

It had me fooled for about 2 seconds. Funny to imagine that Google wouldn't know their own ads were showing and that you would manually need to confirm by clicking a link.

But the email starts with the the phrase "Your account has stopped showing ads." so I can imagine it sending some people into a panic.

This was not sent to my MCC email, but rather the e-mail for one of our accounts.

Hubie

7:03 pm on Jan 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Got the same exact thing today as Structuralist. Sent in fact to my adwords email, which is not used for many things aside from adwords...