Many of us are familiar with phishing scams due to the many banking scams on the internet. For those of you who aren’t aware of what phishing is, it is the process of attempting to steal personal or private information such as usernames, passwords or account details by posing as a trusted company, generally using a fake but authentic-looking email.
We recently learned about some new types of phishing scams that are going on, and we wanted to let you know about them so you can take extra care not to fall victim. This recent attack is targeting domain name owners. Some domain name owners have received emails that look like they are coming from their domain name registrar, and they are asked to click on a link to log in to their account. However the email is a fake, and the link leads to a fake website. The scammers use this fake website to try to collect domain name login information, so that they can then steal the domain name from the legitimate owner.
So far these types of scams have been limited to domain owners who are registered with Network Solutions and a small number of other domain name registrars. Nevertheless, we would like to caution all domain name owners about such emails. If you receive an email from your domain name registrar, please make sure that you inspect it thoroughly to ensure it is legitimate. If there is a link in the email, make sure that it leads to the right website. Check the URL in your browser’s address bar to ensure you are actually on the correct website, and not a fake web site.
If you are at all unsure, we recommend that you open a brand new browser window and manually type in the URL of your registrar, rather than following a link from an email.
If you have registered your domain name with myhosting.com or mail2web.com, and you have received an email which you are suspicious of, we ask you to forward the email to our Customer Support Department. If you are ever unsure about a domain name notification email or are concerned about the validity of any domain name related email, please let us know.
SoftCom Technology Consulting, Inc.