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Saturday, 9 January 2016

A cunning scam?

I got an email, apparently from Network Solutions.

Date: 9 Jan 2016 00:16:05 -0500
From: donotreply@networksolutions.com
To: drsolly@xxxxxxx.com
Subject: Alert: Keep Your Domain Active


[logo.png] [www.networksolutions.com]
Action Required
Dear xxxx xxxxxxx,

This is in regards to the following account:

Email Address: drsolly@xxxxx.com
Phone Number: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Address: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


Network Solutions is now required by ICANN (the regulating body for domain registrations) to have all domain owners confirm their email
address contact information or their domains will be deactivated. If your domains are deactivated you will still own the domains but you
will not be able to have live websites until you verify your contact information. If you wish to view the list of domains subject to
verification, please login to ACCOUNT MANAGER [www.networksolutions.com]

To ensure your domains remain active, please click the CONFIRM button below to confirm the email address we have for you is accurate.





                                     Confirm Email Address [whoisaccuracy-portal.networksolutions.com]


If you have any questions, feel free to contact customer service at 1-888-642-0209.


I've xxxed out the details, but they are all accurate. Giving your correct name and address is is good sign that the email is not a scam. But in this case, is it actually a scam? I suspect this because I looked at the email header, which tells me that the email actually came from jax4mhco02.myregisteredsite.com. So how did the scammers get the name and address? Because that's in the whois database, which is publicly accessable.

So I went to Network Solutions facebook page.

Here's what they say: "This is a legitimate email requesting confirmation of contact information in your account. This email is mandated by ICANN."

 So maybe it isn't a scam.

Why the hell do so many organisations (HMRC, for example) send out emails that have all the hallmarks of a scam? Don't they realise that they're setting people up to fall for real scams?



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