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WARNING : Fake Google AdWords Phishing Campaign

If you get an email entitled You’r adds have stopped working! from lperez_bt@adwords.com, do not open it because it is not an email from Google AdWords.

The following phishing email is being circulated :

Dear Adwords Member,

We hereby inform you that on the 26th of March a email change request
has been submitted to Google. Due to our security settings you are required
to confirm or decline the validity of the request. To do so please visit
the link bellow.

Adwords Site

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Sincerely,
Google Adwords Team

The word “AdWords Site” is linked to a false Google AdWords login page. If you are tricked and login in with private Adwords login data, your company’s security will be comprised.

The title “You’r adds have stopped working!” should be an indicator that this is a fake email, but it’s very easy to misread this, especially on a Smart Phone. More conversation on Twitter : Adwords+Phishing.

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Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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5 thoughts on “WARNING : Fake Google AdWords Phishing Campaign

  1. This happened to me about 2 years ago. It appeared Google was sending an email to tell me my adwords account had been paused since my credit card was declined. It hit my inbox on the same day Google was going to charge my card. (timing is everything) So, of course I clicked the link. 2 days later I noticed the phones were not ringing at all. So I checked my Adwords acct. It was on hold and had a $27,000 yes that's 27 thousand dollar balance on it. I got Phished! Lesson to me? No email is a good email unless it's from your Mom! And don't trust here either!

  2. We received one of these today at the office, thankfully I was on to the trick and someone didn't compromise our data. Interesting that yours had @adwords.com as the e-mail address. The one I got had the exact same content, but was from an @adwords.google.com e-mail addy. Good info to put out there though!

  3. We received one on 5/4/2010 titled “Google AdWords – Campaigns stopped running!” and sent from Google AdWords [adwords-noreply@google.com].
    We did not click on any of the links and contacted our Google rep immediately to confirm it was indeed a Phishing scam. No surprise it was.

    Thanks for posting!
    K

  4. We received one on 5/4/2010 titled “Google AdWords – Campaigns stopped running!” and sent from Google AdWords [adwords-noreply@google.com].
    We did not click on any of the links and contacted our Google rep immediately to confirm it was indeed a Phishing scam. No surprise it was.

    Thanks for posting!
    K