Google AdWords Email Phishing Scam

Thanks to @aimclear for being quick to post the info on this scam. Here’s an email that I wrote to all of my AdWords clients based on the tweets that @aimclear posted with the text from the email he received. Feel free to copy and reuse for your clients.


Dear Client,

I’ve heard from colleagues today that there is a phishing scam targeting Google AdWords account users. This scam is an email with the following (or similar) text:

" Dear Client, Your Google Adwords account has expired. You must renew it immediately or your account will be closed. If you intend to use this service in the future, you must take action at once!. To continue click here, login to your Google Adwords account . Thank you for using Google Adwords! Google Adwords Services DEP. COPYRIGHT Google Adwords Services 2009 (C) "

The email includes a link that will take you to a log in page that looks no different from the Google AdWords log in page you are familiar with. Please do not log into your account via this link. The URL is *not* on Google’s secure servers.

If you think that you’ve been a victim of the scam, please try to log into your account immediately via and change your password. If you are unable to log in, please contact me as soon as possible and I will contact a Google representative on your behalf.

Sally Burke