URGENT WARNING: Howie almost gets fooled by AdWords Phishing Email

Holy cow, I thought I was pretty savvy about the Internet. And then I go and click a link in an email that looks like it comes straight from Google AdWords, but actually is trying to get my credit card info and suck my account dry.

Check out the email and see if you can blame me:

Looks real, doesn’t it?

But when I checked out the source code, I discovered that the live link actually went to a fake website, not AdWords. Had I looked closely, I would have noticed the typo on the last line: "any your ads and campaigns…" And the repetition of the second and third lines. And maybe half a dozen other clues. But as Paul Simon sings, "A man sees what he wants to see and disregards the rest."

So please be smarter and more deliberate than me when clicking links in emails supposedly coming from AdWords.

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  1. #1 • Brent Crouch said on April 21 2008:

    I got that one too. It looked real enough until you look at the url for that link. I almost fell for it.