Is This A Scam Email?

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Muso
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Is This A Scam Email?

Post by Muso » Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:23 pm

I just received this email purporting to be from Exetel:

To: sustainability@exemail.com.au
Subject: Security Alert!
From: exetel Help Desk <helpdesk@exetel.com.au>
Reply-To:
Date: Sat, 24 Apr 2010 16:10:44 +0200 (CEST)

Dear Customer,

Access To Your Account Is about to Expire,
We advise you update your account to avoid Suspension .

Please click the link below to update your access.
<http://www.prompower.ru////libraries/ph ... login.html> https://www.exetel.com.au/login/

Thank you.

exetel Helpdesk Service.


I suspected this is a scam email and so I didn't click on link. I logged on from my own link to Exetel. I checked my account details on the Exetel website and all appears well. What concerns me is that <http://www.prompower.ru////libraries/ph ... login.html> Wasn't visible in the email I received. It only appeared when I pasted the email here. If it isn't a scam, what does the email mean?
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gstark
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Re: Is This A Scam Email?

Post by gstark » Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:21 pm

Looks like a scam to me.

The link has been formulated in a normal (html) manner, but that shields the actual host url that you will be directed to from obvious view. If you look at the email in your browser and hover over the reference to the link, you should see the www.prompower.ru in your status bar.

Here's a thought for you: your account with Exetel does not actually expire. Typically, you would cancel it, when moving to a different ISP.

Cheers.

Dazzled
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Re: Is This A Scam Email?

Post by Dazzled » Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:23 pm

See also http://forum.exetel.com.au/viewtopic.ph ... 9&start=15. HTML email isn't normal - it's a Microsoft-encouraged aberration, contrary to standards, that provides scammers and fraudsters with an ideal tool. If you turn HTML display off, most of this rubbish immediately shows its true colours, and a range of sneaky tricks and exploits falls over.

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