Beware of Google AdWords Phishing Email

Jan 11, 2008 • 9:12 am | comments (4) by twitter | Filed Under Google AdWords

A WebmasterWorld member informs the community that he accidentally fell prey to a phishing email that he assumed was coming from the Google AdWords team.

While nobody else has been impacted by the email at this point, it's important to be advised that there can be such issues in the future. In the event that you accidentally succumb to the psychological powers of such an email, change your password immediately. Keep the email intact with full headers and forward to Google so that they can investigate.

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Steve Daigle

03/27/2008 12:34 pm

I received what I believe to be a phishing email. As follows. March 26, 2008 3:02:04 PM EDT (CA) 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, Please sign in to your account at , and update your billing information. Your account will be reactivated as soon as you update your payment information. Your ads will show immediately if you decide to pay for clicks via credit or debit card. If you decide to pay by direct debit, we may need to receive your signed debit authorization before your ads start running, depending on your location. If you choose bank transfer, your ads will show as soon as we receive your first payment. We look forward to providing you with the most effective advertising available. Sincerely, ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Google AdWords Team

Ash Nallawalla

04/13/2008 11:12 am

Just got one today - the URL in the email is www. - this is a copy of the real login page.

Nancy Thorgaard

07/11/2008 08:29 am

Here's the one I received just 5 minutes ago: ---------------------------- Dear Advertiser, We were unable to process your payment. Your ads will be suspended soon unless we can process your payment. To prevent your ads from being suspended, please update your payment information. -------------------- Please sign in to your account at, and update your payment information. ------------------------------- We look forward to providing you with the most effective advertising available. Thank you for advertising with Google AdWords. ------------------------ The Google AdWords Team


07/26/2008 06:28 pm

I just got one. It looked very suspicious especially as it did not say which email address it was sent to. And it asked for my logon details. With a link that did not look like it was to Google. My question is, how to report it?

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