One of the latest email scams to come our way is quite convincing and aimed squarely at website owners and managers. This particular email landed in my inbox earlier this week and is worded in such a way that it could be a legitimate correspondence.
The email in question warns that outbound email services have been disabled from the host account because of forum email spam. Now in the case of the targeted account, this immediately sets off some red flags as the client’s website does not host a forum. Still, many hosting environments offer automated forum software and it’s possible that it had been turned on at some point and simply never integrated into the website. The real red flag shows itself further into the email with the reset link. The first part of link checks out, as does the end, however, if you look into the center of the URL you will notice something that shouldn’t be there. Missing this would be easy as the address is hidden between an otherwise legitimate URL string.