New Email Scam! - Google Adwords title

Mortgage and Lending with Amerisave Mortgage Corporation

A variation on an old one.  A seeming innocent email comes in from a well known source saying things are deactivated.

This one is from "Google Adwords".  The highlighted link is innocuous enough but the link takes you elsewhere.

The body of the text is below.

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.



The Google AdWords Team

Careful what you click when you receive such stuff.


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Dwayne West
Atlanta Real Estate - Canton, GA
Canton Georgia Real Estate
Thanks for the information about this scam. It seems these people are getting pretty clever about the stuff they send.
Mar 25, 2008 02:45 AM #1
J Manno
Summit Realty Group, Inc. - Newport Beach, CA


My god you have to keep up with every scam now days....

Mar 25, 2008 02:49 AM #2
Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop
RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker - Chelan, WA
A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!

I've gotten very cautious about responding to anything in my inbox these days, but I have to admit...I may have fallen for this one. I guess a good practice would be to log into your account and update it that way, but to never never click on a link in an email. Thanks for the heads up!

Mar 25, 2008 02:52 AM #3
Royal Goodman
Royalty Home Solutions - Madera, CA
"We Treat You Like a King"
Thanks for that update. I dont know why people spend so much time on things like this. Royal..
Mar 25, 2008 02:54 AM #4
Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
They spend so much time because people fall for it.  They can send it to enough people for next to nothing and if only a few reply they are in the money.
Mar 25, 2008 03:17 AM #5
Bill Somerset
Re/Max Realty Group - Dover, NH
ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent
There are so many scams like this now it is getting rediculous.  I have been getting a lot of direct email scams from Active Rain contact form too!
Mar 25, 2008 03:23 AM #6
Bob Edwards
Coldwell Banker- The Real Estate Group, Inc. - Appleton, WI
Fox Cities Real Estate Hotline, SFR- Appleton, WI
Wow, it looks authentic enough. It's hard to keep ahead of the bad guys these days but keeping us informed is another example of the benefits of a great network like AR.
Mar 25, 2008 04:23 AM #7
Mana Tulberg
805 County Real Estate - Camarillo, CA
Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA
Haven't received this one, but thank you for the heads up.
Mar 25, 2008 04:26 AM #8
Lexi Flournoy
Real Property Options - Los Angeles, CA

As I did, thanks now I know how they highjacked my google g-mail account! What Jerks!

Jun 30, 2008 12:48 PM #9
Edna Jamieson
Wainwright & Co. Realtors - Moneta, VA
Realtor/ABR at Smith Mountain Lake Virginia

Thanks for the heads up.  I've received emails from what looked like my bank, their company logo's, exact sign in page,etc. and I receive emails saying my pay pal account needs updated all the time!  Why can't actual buyers find me so easily on the internet?  I wouldn't have time to blog if that was the case :)

Edna Ledoux Jamieson


Lakeshore Rentals & Sales Inc.

Smith Mountain Lake VA. , SW Virginia's best kept secret.  Only 4 hours from D.C. or 8 hours from NY or FL!

Oct 21, 2008 04:53 AM #10
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

i had a most convincing one today from adwords.  They actually even had live adwords links in the mail.  Very crafty criminals these days

Dec 02, 2008 03:15 PM #11
Michael Hege
Beach Villa Realty,LLC - Kapolei, HI

Yikes. Thanks for the tip. That one might have got me.

Feb 14, 2009 11:20 AM #12
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