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Verify AOL billing information
3rd May 2004

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Report Summary
Date Reported
3rd May 2004
Apparent Sender
Return Address
AOL Members Services <>
Verify AOL billing information
link leads to a bogus domain - there is a redirect from this page to AOL's own home page.
Bogus Web Content?
URL of web content

1. Note the URL of the bogus content - is not a genuine AOL domain, and is registered to an individual in the USA. The fact that it is being redirected to the genuine AOL domain could convince some that such a domain name would be attributable to AOL.


AOL Billing Information update request is a hoax and part of a phishing scam ...


This spoof AOL email is the same in content to our other report of an AOL Phishing Scam and refers recipients to the same bogus AOL domain.

The domain (whilst not a domain owned by AOL) is being redirected to AOL's genuine home page - its not clear if AOL have instructed the hosts to do this, or the fraudsters themselves have. One would hope that it has been done after the discovery of the scam and by the domain administrators, but this would not be a good practice since it may convince AOL users that similar looking domains are genuine, and the email link does not work properly.

If you have received this email, please remember that it is very common for these email scams to be redistributed at a later date with only slightly different content or the same but with the fake page(s) hosted by a different provider. Also, once you have received one of these hoaxes, it is also common place to receive at least another one and usually a day or two after the first, although not necessarily from the same apparent sender.


The Spoof Email ...

Dear <your AOL username goes here>,

It has come to our attention that your AOL Billing information's records are out of date.
This requires an update of your billing information. Please take several minutes out of your online experience and  update your billing records. You will  not  services.
However, failure to update your records will result in your account termination. Please update your records right now. 
Once you have updated your account records your AOL session will not be interrupted. 
Please click the link below to update your billing records:


America Online, Inc.


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