Here’s a scary subject line I just saw in my inbox today:
“Your Aweber Account Has Been Flagged”
It’s every email marketer’s nightmare!
Over the past few years, I’ve heard of quite a few Internet marketers having their Aweber autoresponder accounts suspended for various reasons. This is the last thing I wanted to happen to me.
It’s a big hassle moving autoresponders, especially if you have multiple lists and optin forms all over the place!
I opened the email expecting the worst, and this is what I saw…
The message was this…
Here at Aweber we take our customers security seriously.
According to our daily reports we believe that someone with a different IP was trying to access your account without a valid permission.
our security system has detected an unusual activities on your account earlier,
for your own security we flagged this case to be high risk.
In order to solve this problem and establish a new secure environment on your account,
please follow the instructions in our secure hosted web by clicking the link below
we usually give a maximum of 7 days to our customers to respond to our security warnings
if no action will be taken from your side in the next 7 days your account will be temporary deactivated for future.
if you believe you are receiving this message by mistake please contact our account security department
for more information regarding this case
AWeber Communications, Inc
Account Security Department
Fortunately, I’ve been around a while and could tell this was a fake email. There was a few things that rang the alarm bells:
- Aweber (or any other company) won’t respond to a suspected security risk by sending you an email with a “reset your password here” link. This is an obvious phishing scam. A phishing scam is one that tries to capture your login details.
- Gramatical errors. Many of the sentences don’t begin with a capital letter.
- Non-official domain. The link in the email points to an unofficial Aweber domain (awebercomplaints.com).
In short, this message is an Aweber scam. It is designed to get your Aweber login details so that the scammer can access your autoresponder account and steal your subscriber lists.
Whatever you do, don’t follow the instructions in this email!
Want to be sure that your Aweber account is not at risk? Contact Aweber support directly and ask them to verify the status of your account 🙂
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