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Problem With Account (AOL)
24th May 2004

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Report Summary
Date Reported
24th May 2004
Apparent Sender
Return Address
Problem With Account
disguised link leads to bogus web content
Bogus Web Content?
URL of web content

A variety of URLs exist in this scam - but they all follow the same format ... we've highlighted in red, the part of the URL that changes in the emails with differing subjects.
So far we have recorded the following URLs ...


1. The email content is the same in every example with the only exceptions of the subject line and the link destination. The link destinations so far recorded are detailed above.
The subject lines have so far included ...
Account balance overdue
Account Problem
AOL Billing Update
Billing Failure
Billing issue unresolved
Billing Problem
Important account notice
Important: last notice
Information Verification at AOL
Last notice
Last notice: billing problem
Need Information to Continue Membership
Online Abuse Detected
Problem With Account
Your account: billing issue
Your account overdue
Your AOL account


" Dear customer, We encountered a billing error when attempting to renew your AOL membership services. This type of error usually indicates that either the credit card you have on file has expired or that the billing address we have on file is not current. "...


Note the use of several similar domain names in this Phishing Scam. All made to look like genuine AOL domains, but all registered to individuals in the US and trace to a web hosting provider in the USA. The other variant in this scam is the subject of the email, we've so far recorded seven variants (see report summary above) but are expectant of more.

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  (AOL)




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