Google AdWords Phishing Scam
Today we received an email explaining that our Google Ads had been stopped. This is the exact copy from the email:
"Dear AdWords Advertiser,
We had encountered a number of issues when reviewing your ads this morning and we stopped running them. We will review them again and make the necessary changes that will allow to run your ads without any problems.
Click here to review your ads and let us know if we made a mistake.
We'll often stop running your ads until we are able to make the necessary updates. As soon as we made and saved the changes, your ads are automatically resubmitted to us for review.
Please note: If you do not verify the status of your Adwords account and notify us if your ads do not appear online we can not help you and your ads will stay offline for the next few days."
The email seemed odd because it was poorly written and extremely vague; never explaining which ads were being shut down or why they were being stopped. Upon further investigation, we discovered our intuition was right, it was a phishing scam.
Scams like this have been becoming more prevalent with the growth of the Internet and we want to remind everyone to be skeptical of emails similar to this. For help avoiding scams like this, read through the Federal Trade Commission's How Not to Get Hooked by a ‘Phishing’ Scam.
Below is an image of the email and, most importantly, make sure to spread the word about this new scam.