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Watch Out for these 2 Email Scams

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Warning: 

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Most people are honest – but there are those out there that have no qualms about trying to scam unsuspecting people out of their hard earned money. With that said, I want to caution you about two above-average ‘scam’ emails we received last week.

Domain Scam

The first was from a “property rights consultant mainly dealing with global domain registration” theoretically located in China. In the very well formatted email, we were told that on April 21 they had received an application from an investment company (DeiXing) that wanted to register our ‘internet brand’ – in this case, it was for our Texas Antique Mall site – and that the DeiXing applicants wanted to register the domain in China and Asia.

They went on to tell us how their preliminary investigations were connected to us, and wanted to know if we had . . .

  • consigned the DeiXing investment firm to register our trademark with them,
  • was the investment firm our partner, 
  • were they our distributor?

We were told that DeiXing’s application had been “suspended” due to the “seriousness” of this issue. They then wanted a relevant person to confirm by email the situation on this end regarding the domain name.

The email closed with the name of their representative, company name, telephone and fax numbers as well as email and web site. We checked the website – it looked perfectly legitimate . . . but something just didn’t look right about the whole thing. I googled ‘China DNS scam’ and came up with a few pages of hits. None were using the exact same names as my email – but all had the same approach.

Having your domain registered with a reputable company, i.e., GoDaddy – means the domain is yours until you either relinquish it or let it expire. Don’t be fooled by scam artists that try to scare you into re-registering your name (probably for a sizable fee) with them thinking you are at risk.  As of this post, we have not received any more emails from them

Google AdWords Account

The second suspicious email we received regarded our Google account. This email advised us our Google AdWords Account had stopped running. Couple of glaring errors here – first we don’t have a Google AdWords Account and second,  there was no ‘To’ line in the header . . . not to mention there were mis-spelled words in the body of the text.

Inside this email was a link (http://adwords.google-zc.com/adw/signin.html ) asking us to ‘sign-in’ to our Google account to get our ad(s) back up and running.

On viewing the full header of the email, there were several suspicious lines. Again the missing ‘To’ line, the email address displayed was an old email address we haven’t used in over 5 years, and it appeared the email had been routed through other IP addresses finally being sent from a business out of New York.

This email was forwarded to Google for verification and investigation.

Just because an email looks authentic doesn’t mean it is. Verify any email associated with any of your accounts particularly if money is involved or if they are asking for account  information. If the person contacting you via email is real, they’ll get back to you with a follow-up email if you don’t respond.

Don’t Forget

Reminder ….  Get Your Domain Name from www.GoDaddy.com

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