Domain Abuse Admin Scam; Don’t get Caught!
A new (to me, at least) scam just caught my attention.
A colleague of mine recently encountered this one. Luckily he was alert enough to perform the necessary due diligence before following any instructions.
This is how it works.
Supposedly from someone called “Domain Abuse Admin”, and possibly from a domain using the name DomainCop.com (or .org, .net, etc etc), an email arrives informing the website owner that their site has been blacklisted for spamming and spreading malware.
Then follows (of course) links to examine the listing on the register and receive instructions for removing your site from the list.
DO NOT CLICK THESE LINKS!!
I’ve included a link here where you can see the email in question. Or one of it’s incarnations, anyway.
I’m not really sure just what they are after, but I’d guess that it’s just a phishing attempt to gather as much of your personal info as they can coax out of you.
Maybe they are after infecting your system with ransomware or other malicious software. No way to know for sure without clicking the links, and I’d certainly not recommend that!
Hoping this saves someone from falling for this.
Have you encountered something similar? Leave a comment below and I’ll follow it up.
Want to check out other scams or frauds? Use this link to view my Scams to Avoid page.
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