Beware: Google AdSense "Account Disabled" Phishing Scam

Oct 16, 2009 • 8:28 am | comments (6) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google AdSense

Yesterday, I, along with hundreds (if not thousands) of others received an email that appeared to be from Google. The email's subject line read "Google Adsense Account Disabled" and the email's from to looked to be from Google Adsense . It was actually caught by my spam filter and as I dug into the source code of the email, I noticed it was a scam. Beware, this is a recent phishing scam.

Here is how the email looked in my mail client:

Google AdSense Phishing Scam

There were a few glaring issues with this email:

(1) The source showed a few things, but here is one item that jumps out at me:

Received-SPF: softfail ( domain of transitioning does not designate as permitted sender) client-ip=;

(2) The email had an attached HTML file, when you open the source of that file (which I don't recommend most people do), it has a redirect to a non Google domain (phishing site):

Google AdSense Phishing Scam

(3) I checked if my ads were displaying and if I had any message in my AdSense console and I did not.

So I trashed the email and went on. Then I noticed other people receiving this phishing email, which is why I am writing about it.

Do not fall for the scam!

Forum discussion at Google AdSense Help and WebmasterWorld.

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10/16/2009 04:14 pm

Thanks for the warning!

Dale, Brian D.

11/11/2009 04:35 am

Getting banned doesn't mean that you can't get your Adsense and\or Adwords Accounts back. There is a very simple way that doesn't involve reapplying with Google.

No Name

11/19/2009 05:35 am

How do I reinstate my adsense a/c without involving reapplying with Google? thks!


11/21/2009 06:44 pm

My adsense account was disabled three weeks ago. I've appealed but no answer. So how do I get reinstated by google/adsense?


02/21/2011 07:39 am

for those of you with legitimately (as in not a scam, but you cannot access your AdSense account) disabled accounts, your chances of getting back with AdSense are slim to none.

DarGadgetZ - Reviewer

10/11/2011 11:27 pm

happened to me as well.Today, i am known on youtube and have created content the past year. Where you able to eventually get it back???

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