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Account Termination, Please Respond ASAP (AOL)
25th May 2004

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Report Summary
Date Reported
25th May 2004
Apparent Sender
Return Address <>
Account Termination, Please Respond ASAP
link leads to a forged AOL web form - submitted form data is captured by a remote script
Bogus Web Content?
URL of web content
Spoofed - (you'll see this if your browser is vulnerable (see below)
True URL -
** The URL in the email message is shown as which attempts to exploit the URL spoofing vulnerability in unpatched Internet Explorer browsers (which would incorrectly show in the address bar instead of the true URL)
(the presence of the '@' symbol in any link is a sign of a possible exploit of this vulnerability).

1. Exploits URL Spoofing (canonicalisation) in Internet Explorer browsers - run Windows Update to ensure your browser is patched.
2. The forged page is currently being forwarded to the genuine AOL domain - this has something to do with one of the scripts coded into the page - we are presently unsure of the reason why this is so, but it could be to add a sense of authenticity until email recipients come back later to enter details, or it could be that AOL have altered a script that they reference in their code to initiate the redirect.
3. The page is scripted and encoded to prevent viewing the source code - we were able to descramble this quite easily.
4. Other versions of this spoofed AOL email are in circulation, iincluding ...
Account Error #22936
Please Validate Your Screen Name
Please Tend to This Urgent Matter
Account Error #12493


" Dear Valued Customer, We are unable to match your the information that you updated your account with. "


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 ...

Problem With Account


The bogus web page ...

Problem With Account

(the initial pop up message box, which will load the following forged page once the 'OK' button is pressed)

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